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· JBS says cyber attack recovery now almost complete
· Meat giant JBS’ cyber woes lay bare a dangerous reality
JBS says cyber attack recovery now almost complete
Jon Condon, BEEF Central (AU)
OPERATIONS are rapidly returning to normal for JBS meat processing plants on either side of the Pacific, following last weekend’s cyber attack and ransom demand that has paralysed the company’s US and Australian businesses.
The company’s swift response, robust IT systems and encrypted backup servers had allowed for a rapid recovery, the company said overnight.
JBS’s US Beef division, which includes operations in Australia, issued a further update overnight. Again, some of the comments appear to be specifically related to North American operations, not necessarily those in Australia:
JBS USA and Pilgrim’s (US chicken division) have advised that all of their global facilities are fully operational after resolution of the criminal cyber attack on Sunday, May 30.
As a result if the company’s swift response, JBS USA and Pilgrim’s were able to limit the loss of food produced during the attack to less than one days’ worth of (US) production. Any lost production across the company’s global business will be fully recovered by the end of next week, limiting any potential negative impact on producers, consumers and the company’s workforce.
“Thanks to the dedication of our IT professionals, our operational teams, cybersecurity consultants and the investments we have made in our systems, JBS USA and Pilgrim’s were able to quickly recover from this attack against our business, our team members and the food supply chain,” said Andre Nogueira, JBS USA’s chief executive.
“The criminals were never able to access our core systems, which greatly reduced potential impact. Today, we are fortunate that all of our facilities around the globe are operating at normal capacity, and we are focused on fulfilling our responsibility to produce safe, high-quality food.”
Immediately upon learning of the intrusion, the company contacted federal officials and activated its cybersecurity protocols, including voluntarily shutting down all of its systems to isolate the intrusion, limit potential infection and preserve core systems. In addition, the company’s encrypted backup servers, which were not infected during the attack, allowed for a return to operations sooner than expected. JBS USA and Pilgrim’s prioritised restoring systems critical to production to ensure the food supply chain, producers and consumers were not adversely impacted.
“We would like to thank the White House, the USDA and the FBI for their support in quickly resolving this situation,” Mr Nogueira said.
As Beef Central reported yesterday, most of JBS’s Australian beef and sheepmeat processing sites expect to get back to work on Monday or Tuesday next week.
JBS’s flagship Dinmore plant in southern Queensland is scheduled to do its first killfloor shift on Monday, with the first boning room shift following on Tuesday.
Workers at JBS Longford in Tasmania are apparently doing their first killfloor shift today, and first bone on Monday. Staff at JBS Rockhampton in Queensland, have been told by senior management that their first kill is likely to be Monday, while JBS Townsville is likely to do its first kill on Tuesday. JBS Brooklyn staff in Victoria have been told work is likely to resume early next week.
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Meat giant JBS’ cyber woes lay bare a dangerous reality
Adele Ferguson, Brisbane Times (AU)
June 5, 2021
A cyberattack by a criminal network that brought the world’s biggest meat processing company to its knees has put the spotlight on food supply chain issues and how we got here.
The meat processing giant at the centre of this week’s cyber attack, JBS, forced the shutdown of 47 locations in Australia, as well as sites in the US and Canada, as it attempted to grapple with the ransomware attack on its systems.
By June 3 the company issued a press release from the US saying it was all over. “The company’s swift response, robust IT systems and encrypted backup servers allowed for a rapid recovery. As a result, [we] were able to limit the loss of food produced during the attack to less than one days’ worth of production.”
That may be so, but the sad reality is companies operating in the food supply chain are high value targets. It means, the bigger the company; the bigger the target on its back.
And while it is a timely reminder that physical and digital security needs to be world class to defend against the rising number of cyber criminals, nothing is fail-safe.
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