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Ransomware Threats in Agro
Ransomware Threats in Agro
November 04, 2022

Background

Our client is a prominent farming co-op organization that focuses on corn and soy products for chickens, hogs, and cattle. In late 2021, they were targeted by hackers with a ransomware attack that endangered its food supply chains and feeding schedules for millions of cattle.

After weeks of trying to contain the breach and develop a workaround to continue their operations, the losses were significant and the damage was done. Amidst their recovery, the organization decided to take preventative measures and proactive steps to safeguard their operations.

As a result, our client reached out to us to employ AI EdgeLabs as part of their revamped strategy towards achieving a safer environment. AI EdgeLabs helps reduce their cyber attack surface with advanced network visibility, threat intelligence software for early threat detection, and automated incident and remediation protocols in real-time.

The challenge

Over the years, our client has grown quickly, resulting in a disjointed network with a mix of aging and newer equipment. Given the rising sophistication of harmful cyber attacks such as ransomware that are capable of disrupting ongoing operations within their farming operations.

Like any farming environment, their operations include control systems and specialized assets such as chemical mixing machines, refrigeration units, or smart irrigation systems that don’t particularly work well with traditional security solutions. Their system and assets are critical to monitoring temperature, water quality, humidity, and other environmental conditions that affect the quality of their operations.

After being victims of a ransomware attack as a result of a vulnerability in an unidentified device, our client’s top management officers were adamant about the security of their systems and assets.

Concerned about solving their device security and network visibility gaps, it was important to protect their device-generated data in its growing environment and mitigate the risks of not being able to see what devices were connected to its IT and OT networks.

After careful evaluation, our client favored our solution, AI EdgeLabs as a much-needed extra layer of security for its entire corporate estate. AI EdgeLabs gives the IT team information about network activity that they didn't have before with the security tools they were using.

AI EdgeLabs: Accuracy and real-time insights as our client’s top choice

With the help of our threat intelligence software for early threat detection, our client soon realized where their system and network vulnerabilities were. Before using our solution, they estimated having 50 network-connected devices in one of their smaller facilities and soon realized there were more than 295 unidentified connected devices in that network.

They rolled out the AI EdgeLabs solution in all of their farming operations facilities and quickly identified thousands of devices around the world, giving them the much-needed advanced device and network visibility that is comprehensive enough to detect any ransomware attempt.

By detecting the early signs of ransomware, such as the creation of new accounts with high privileges, the installation of unauthorized software, port scans from inside the network, or spike in device activity, AI EdgeLabs provides them with real-time protection, incident response, and interruption of any threat before they result in downtime or operational disruption.

  • With our client’s implementation of AI EdgeLabs’ automation for network and device security, we:
  • dentified suspicious devices and disabled them automatically and immediately.
  • Collected monitoring and reporting data from suspicious devices for deeper analysis.
  • Halted account access for all suspicious devices.
  • Killed infected device connections by updating access control lists with smart firewalling.
  • Discontinued irregular or blacklisted processes on critical devices with automated incident response protocols.
  • Improved security posture, network threat detection, and malware detection.
  • Addressed the new and emerging concerns of their rapidly growing asset infrastructure.
  • Stopped device attacks before they even had the chance of causing harm.
  • Alerted the network and security teams with real-time information about threats and attacks.
  • Set up a distributed defense infrastructure that was easy to scale.

AI Edge Labs is an edge-focused intelligent detection and response (IDR) platform that delivers network threat detection and remediation. Considering that farming infrastructure is growing rapidly, AI EdgeLabs delivers automated detection, prevention, and protection to accurately remediate and address incidents in IoT infrastructures in real-time.

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