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Hackers are targeting the agricultural sector, because agriculture is undergoing a digital revolution powered by big data. Existing paper trails have progressively been moved into the digital realm, meaning Agriculture routinely have substantial amounts of important documents and communication stored digitally. Agriculture is being cyber-targeted in several ways by numerous criminal factions.
By impersonating the farmer or employees, the fraudsters try to email accounts and convince them to make an urgent payment, or to change their account details.
Text and phone scams
Phishing calls and scam texts are easy and cheap for cybercriminals. Hackers try to trick targets by divulging personal information or selecting a link which then downloads malware.
A phishing email is designed to look real but trick you into entering your account details or downloading malicious software. Fraudsters now convincingly mimic the branding and content of well-known organisations which means many people will trust them.
Computers, robots, sensors and big data analytics are driving Agricultural decision making in the search for higher, and more sustainable yields. Farms are driving towards a concept of precision agriculture, a data driven methodology for optimising crop production. Key areas include soil sampling, yield monitors and maps, GPS guidance systems, satellite imaging and automatic section control.
Process automation is taking the human element out of tasks and generating massive amounts of data. For example, Automated Milking Machines (AMM) generate a huge number of variables for each cow’s production. All that data can drive further insights and help Alberta farmers to optimise their operations.
Internet of Things (IoT)
Internet of things technology (IoT) is driving connectivity of objects and devices across the Agricultural sector. Farmers are also turning to GPS technology to track movements of vehicles and livestock. Systems connect to a cloud-based platform, which give farmers real-time views of the locations. Movements can be tracked and stored as historic data, issue alerts if there are any problems, and streamline herd and Fleet management processes.
Robots and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are increasingly influential in applications such as spraying, weed control and automated harvest. Autonomous processes such as seeding and automatic navigation of vehicles in the field are more prevalent.
Sensors enable farmers to gain data from the entire product lifecycle through automated ID tags. This can see everything about how they are moved, stored and preserved throughout the product life cycle. Smart climate monitoring uses sensors around the farm, transferring data to the cloud. Data can be used to map weather conditions, and can backup, historic data allowing farmers to extrapolate trends.
Sensors in Greenhouses can adjust climatic conditions to ensure optimal growth of plants, while crop management sensors can track temperature, precipitation, insects and other variables. Smart agricultural sensors can be attached to livestock to monitor their conditioning, measuring health, nutrition and activity; to provide real-time data.