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Assessing the Role of Cyberbiosecurity in Agriculture: A Case Study

Overview of attention for article published in Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, August 2021
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Title
Assessing the Role of Cyberbiosecurity in Agriculture: A Case Study
Published in
Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, August 2021
DOI 10.3389/fbioe.2021.737927
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Authors

Tiffany Drape, Noah Magerkorth, Anuradha Sen, Joseph Simpson, Megan Seibel, Randall Steven Murch, Susan E. Duncan

Abstract

Agriculture has adopted the use of smart technology to help meet growing food demands. This increased automation and associated connectivity increases the risk of farms being targeted by cyber-attacks. Increasing frequency of cybersecurity breaches in many industries illustrates the need for securing our food supply chain. The uniqueness of biological data, the complexity of integration across the food and agricultural system, and the importance of this system to the U.S. bioeconomy and public welfare suggests an urgency as well as unique challenges that are not common across all industries. To identify and address the gaps in awareness and knowledge as well as encourage collaborations, Virginia Tech hosted a virtual workshop consisting of professionals from agriculture, cybersecurity, government, and academia. During the workshop, thought leaders and influencers discussed 1) common food and agricultural system challenges, scenarios, outcomes and risks to various sectors of the system; 2) cyberbiosecurity strategies for the system, gaps in workforce and training, and research and policy needs. The meeting sessions were transcribed and analyzed using qualitative methodology. The most common themes that emerged were challenges, solutions, viewpoints, common vocabulary. From the results of the analysis, it is evident that none of the participating groups had available cybersecurity training and resources. Participants were uncertain about future pathways for training, implementation, and outreach related to cyberbiosecurity. Recommendations include creating training and education, continued interdisciplinary collaboration, and recruiting government involvement to speed up better security practices related to cyberbiosecurity.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 53 100%

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 7 13%
Student > Master 4 8%
Student > Doctoral Student 3 6%
Lecturer 2 4%
Other 2 4%
Other 4 8%
Unknown 31 58%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Business, Management and Accounting 4 8%
Computer Science 4 8%
Psychology 3 6%
Engineering 3 6%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 2 4%
Other 5 9%
Unknown 32 60%
Attention Score in Context

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 19 August 2021.
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#20,031,306
of 24,616,908 outputs
Outputs from Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
#3,857
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#318,853
of 423,289 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
#177
of 312 outputs
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