Bacon says government must ‘be better’ to help ag businesses during a a cyber attack


By Kellan Heavican, Brownfield

January 7, 2022


A member of the House Ag Committee has introduced legislation that would direct the nation’s intelligence agencies to create a cyber response plan to defend the private sector like agriculture.


Don Bacon, a Republican from Nebraska, tells Brownfield the government is unprepared to assist businesses when a cyberattack hits. “What we learned with JBS and with the pipeline hack is there was a lot of confusion on the government side,” Bacon says. “That’s unacceptable.  We have to be better than that.”


The DHS Roles and Responsibilities In Cyber Space Act requires the U.S. government to develop roles and responsibilities for a cyber incident response.


He says the financial sector is the top target for foreign adversaries, but there’s been more interest in agriculture. “But the agriculture sector is vulnerable. The financial sector has known it needs redundancies.  I don’t think the ag sector, like a meat processor wouldn’t have expected a Russian hack, right?”


And, he says the industry has lucked out...


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