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What is the relationship between Agribusiness and Information Security?

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São Paulo/SP – November 14, 2022. Nowadays, in agribusiness, IOT (Internet of Things) sensors can be used to control the plantation, in addition to Big Data, Analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) platforms. Also using robotics applications such as drones and other devices, all these systems and devices generating a large volume of data.

*By Henrique Scansani

Agribusiness represents a significant portion of Brazil's GDP (Gross Domestic Product), according to IBGE data in 2021 representing 27.6%. It is an expanding, profitable, productive business with a lot of technology and embedded science.

But what is the link between agribusiness and information security? This can be a very common question, since for many the vision of agribusiness is closely associated with a simple rural image without technology. Although this scenario still exists mainly with small farmers, most of the time the opposite occurs: a lot of technology is used to provide our daily rice, milk, coffee and even the bread for your breakfast, among many other products we consume. daily.

WHAT IS AGRO INFORMATION?

Nowadays, in agribusiness, IOT (Internet of Things) sensors can be used to control the plantation, in addition to Big Data, Analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) platforms. Also using robotics applications such as drones and other devices, all these systems and devices generating a large volume of data.

Currently, precision agriculture needs a very well-structured IT environment to support all these Big Data and AI technologies. Large volumes of data are generated and need to be stored securely so that they are treated generating business statistics that support decision making on what should be done in the future, in order to mitigate errors and maximize successes. This data can come from IOT sensors, climatological data, socioeconomic data, tax information, supplier and customer data.

INFORMATION SECURITY IN AGRO

With all this data traveling in agribusiness and being sensitive to the business, as they are data that help in harvest statistics, help in decision making on the best way to carry out planting maintenance, in addition to fiscal, supply and distribution information. However, it is necessary to pay attention to information security issues, such as vulnerability analysis, penetration tests (pentest) on servers, databases, and systems that are used to support data analysis tasks.

Secure systems become essential for the health of the business, but as it is a sector that does not have information technology as its main scope, problems often arise from lack of investment in Information Security, according to articles in agronomic magazines, such as Cultivar and Campo & Negócios Magazine, agribusiness can suffer from cyber attacks that can take relevant information to the vitality of the business. Such occurrences can be harmful depending on the degree of risk associated with these problems. For this reason, leading companies in the sector are increasingly understanding the importance of Information and Technology Security, investing in these areas and improving their skills.

FINAL CONSIDERATIONS:

Information Security is important and is present in the most diverse sectors of the market, even in Agribusiness. A well-structured and secure technology environment is vital for the health of the business. To support this need, Safeway has trained and experienced professionals to assist companies in the most varied segments, from governance to pentest and continuous monitoring of IT environments.

— Henrique Scansani Information Security Consultant at [SAFEWAY]

How can we help?

THE SAFEWAY is an Information Security consulting company recognized by its clients for offering high value-added solutions through projects that fully meet the needs of the business. In 14 years of experience, we have accumulated several successful projects that have earned us credibility and prominence with our clients, who largely make up the 100 largest companies in Brazil.

today through 25 strategic partnerships with global manufacturers and our SOC, SAFEWAY is considered a one stop shopping with the best solutions in technology, processes and people. We have both the technical skills and the experience necessary to assist your company in the process of structuring controls and preparing the environment for the implementation of an ISMS, SGS or SGCN and, consequently, certification of operations, services or companies to the ISO27001, ISO20000 or ISO22301 standards.

In order to support companies in this process of evaluation and adaptation to the requirements of the LGPD, [SAFEWAY] has in its portfolio of services, the Cybersecurity Health Check whose objective is to carry out a diagnosis of the CyberSecurity, Information Security and Data Privacy implemented in your company, contemplating the pillars of Law SuitPeople and Technology.

through the Cybersecurity Health Check, risks associated with information security and privacy of internal processes and activities are identified, existing controls and new controls evaluated according to the size of your organization to increase the level of maturity and compliance, in accordance with good information security practices. If you would like more information, contact one of our experts!