Opening Remarks & Recognitions: Mike Thielke, F3 Tech Accelerator
Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Senior Vice President of Technology and Strategic
Partnerships, MidAtlantic Farm Credit
Keynote Remarks: Boyd Rutherford, Lieutenant Governor, State of Maryland
Introduction by: Tasha Cornish, Executive Director, Cybersecurity Association of Maryland
Presentation by: Chris Haak, Consultant, HDS Technologies
Precision agriculture is a network of embedded and connected technologies that includes distributed sensor networks, global positioning systems, farm information systems, autonomous farm equipment, automated chemical sprayers and smart devices, all connected by the Internet. The Department of Homeland Security regards precision agriculture as uniquely vulnerable, because it’s added a highly mechanical industry and connected it online, dramatically increasing the attack space. To understand the cybersecurity risk to this critical sector, Chris Haak, a former co-founder of the Skyward App Company, will explain the digital ag landscape and supply chain.
Presentation by: Michael Ott, CEO, Rantizo and
Connie Bowen, Director of Innovation and Investment, AgLaunch
An agricultural drone-spraying platform, and an agtech entrepreneurial support organization with farmers at its core discuss data usage and ownership in the context of agtech companies and on-farm usage. They will explore the delicate balance between optimizing data acquisition for startup growth and farmer data ownership and control.
Introduction by: John Torres, Executive Director, Maryland Farm Bureau
Presentation by: Harold Larimer, Head of Information Security, Granular Farm Management Software
Dr. Patrick Watkins, Agronomist, Pioneer Hi-Bred International
As farms and farmers continue to work to maximize profitability, maximize production, and minimize input costs; more are turning to advanced technologies to help gain a competitive edge. Many technologies being deployed on the farm today are part of the Internet of Things which places large amounts of farm-generated data up into the cloud for analysis and storage. The focus of this session is to introduce Symposium attendees to some of the latest farm management technologies that are being used on the ground today. In addition, also demonstrating the great lengths that industry is taking to protect the valuable farm-generated data that farmers are relying on to make sound business decisions that allow them to be more competitive in the marketplace. This session is where on-farm technology and the need for cyber security awareness meet.
Moderator: Kyle Waggoner, Director Information Security, Perdue Farms
Panelists: David Ring, Cyber Division Section Chief, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Thomas Breeden, Supervisory Special Agent, Baltimore Field Office, Federal Bureau of
According to the FBI, cybercrime in 2020 alone cost businesses $4.1 billion in losses stemming from ransomware, phishing, and business email compromise attacks. Personnel from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cyber Division and Baltimore Field Office will provide information on current and projected cyber threats, with examples specific to the Food and Agriculture industry as available. Topics will include ransomware, business email compromise, insider threats, and how companies and individuals can protect themselves. (This is a pre-recorded session)