National Rural Crime Network

  • 12 March 2020

NFU launch Cyber Security Guide for farmers

NRCN-member, the National Farmers Union (NFU), has partnered with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to produce an online booklet to support farmers in preventing and reporting cybercrime.

Cyber-attacks are on the rise, they can be financially devastating, disrupting and upsetting to individuals and businesses. Cybercriminals aim to exploit human or security vulnerabilities in order to steal passwords, data or money directly, and the agricultural sector is no exception.

Almost half (46%) of businesses identified cyber security breaches or attacks in the last 12 months. This criminal trend is an on-going threat to businesses of all natures and sizes, it is not just the larger organisations that need to invest in cyber security.

Cyber security can often appear to be a complex and daunting subject, but prevention plays an important role in tackling the crime. The NFU hopes this booklet will provide farmers with practical, step-by-step guidance that can easily be implemented to build towards better resilience against cybercriminals and reduce their chances of being targeted.