The Dairy Download

Ep. 35 - Defending Dairy: Protecting Against Cyber and Physical Threats

April 15, 2022 IDFA Season 5 Episode 3
The Dairy Download
Ep. 35 - Defending Dairy: Protecting Against Cyber and Physical Threats
Show Notes

Criminal actors—whether they be halfway across the globe or within our own companies—pose significant risks to dairy business operations, food and workplace safety, and our industry’s reputation. They can attack at any time, from anywhere, and through any number of means. On the latest episode of The Dairy Download, we speak to a cybersecurity veteran with a background in the U.S. military and a food defense expert with a background as a Washington, D.C. homicide detective.

First up is John Hoffman, senior research fellow at the National Center for Food Protection & Defense, who details the extent to which cybersecurity threats can harm dairy businesses. What motivates cyber criminals? What vulnerabilities are common at food and beverage manufacturing facilities? And how can we each individually support security at our own businesses? John gives us the scoop.

Next is Rod Wheeler, founder and CEO of The Global Food Defense Institute — a firm that provides food defense and crisis management training and education to manufacturing and retail operations. With a prolific background in criminal investigations, Rod brings a unique perspective when thinking about intentional adulteration of our food supply, whether that’s from actors within or outside of our businesses.

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