NOTICE: Due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus, this workshop will take place completely online via Zoom.
Public trust in our food supply is contingent on protecting the agricultural and food system, from original source, through processing, transportation, and retail delivery to the consumer. The food and agricultural system influences over 20% of the nation's economy and 15% of American jobs. With the rapid transition to technological and digital data management in a global market, securing our nation's agricultural and food supply and the associated agribusinesses is at increasing risk. Susceptibility to a variety of cyber-attacks, such as unauthorized data injection, unauthorized control of automated systems, and vulnerability of machine learning algorithms that jeopardize biological and process-based data, can jeopardize public trust in the system. Just as the healthcare industry has recognized the need for protection of health data for individuals, the food and agricultural system needs strategies and resources for protecting biological and other data sources for agribusinesses.
During the workshop, thought leaders and influencers such as you will discuss common food and agricultural system challenges, scenarios, outcomes and risks to various sectors of the system. We will discuss cyberbiosecurity strategies for the system, gaps in workforce and training, and research and policy needs. This workshop invites a high level and integrated conversation of the food, agriculture, and cybersecurity industries and academic community to address security of our nation's bioeconomy.