Supported by a grant from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), food science and engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas will produce food science cybersecurity professionals to ensure the safety of food systems from cyberattacks. This project is conducted by the Arkansas Security Research and Education (ASCENT) Institute in partnership with the UA Center for Food Safety. Over the next two years, the Food and Cyber Education project, FACE, will prepare graduate food science students to protect and defend food systems from cyberattacks. Arkansas’ top three commodities in terms of value for 2016 were chicken bred for meat (broilers) at $3.1 billion, soybeans at $1.4 billion, and rice at $1 billion. Among the states in the U.S., Arkansas is number 1 in the production of rice and number 2 in the production of broilers. As the food industry continues to automate their systems to monitor and create more efficient production, there is a fear that attackers will gain access gathering information and attacking these systems.
Student Cross-Training Opportunities for Combining Food and Cybersecurity into an Academic Food Systems Education Program, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Higher Ed Challenge, Challenge Grants Program, under Grant Number 2018-70003-27663