The Food Chain Cyber Resilience project can be voted the Most Responsible Digital Deed of the Year 2023 until the end of September on Atea’s website: https://www.atea.fi/vuoden-vastuullisin-digiteko-2023/
The environment and pilot exercise produced in the Food Chain Cyber Resilience project have been selected as a finalist in a competition organized by IT service company Atea Finland to find the most responsible digital deed of the year. The winners of the competition will be selected by public vote, which will run until 30.9.2023.
Jamk’s Food Chain Cyber Resilience project ended in August 2023 and, based on the results achieved in the project, has been selected as one of the finalists of the most sustainable digital deed of the year. In competition organized by Atea, the finalists were companies and organizations whose solution or service has a positive impact on their users’ work, business, or society as a whole and promotes sustainable development.
Environmental responsibility or social responsibility + A solution that utilizes digitization and technology = A responsible digital deed
The two-year Food Chain Cyber Resilience project developed a digital cyber security research, development, and training environment together with the National Emergency Supply Agency, National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC-FI) and operators in the field. Systems and functions essential for food production and distribution have been modelled in the implemented environment, and the environment enables cyber security exercises in the field to be organized in a safe and realistic environment.
The environment developed in the project was also successfully piloted in a large pilot exercise organized in spring 2023 with the participation of significant actors in food production and distribution. The pilot exercise focused on preparedness and action in challenging cyber threat situations.
“All these together ensure our national security and availability of food in different parts of Finland,” says Marko Vatanen, Chief Specialist at Jamk’s JYVSECTEC (Jyväskylä Security Technology), who was involved in implementing the environment.
The jury justified the candidacy of the finalist by, among other things, saying that the demonstrated cyberattack is an interesting and scalable concept that can be utilized in the food industry more widely. Elina Suni, Project Manager of the Food Chain Cyber Resilience project, also hopes to continue developing cyber security expertise in the field and continuing the successful cooperation.
“Strongly digitalized food sector is also an interesting target from the perspective of cybercrime, and there are also many interdependencies between actors in the food chain. From the perspective of Finland’s food security and security of supply, it is important for the sector to prepare by practicing responding to cyberattacks together with other operators in the field,” Elina Suni points out.
The Food Chain Cyber Resilience project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (by the REACT-EU Instrument as part of the European Union’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic), the project coordinator and the project partners. The project is based on JYVSECTEC, Finland’s leading independent cyber security research, development and training center operating in Jamk, and the RGCE (Realistic Global Cyber Environment) training environment developed by JYVSECTEC.
More information about the Food Chain Cyber Resilience project in Finnish: https://www.jamk.fi/fi/tutkimus-ja-kehitys/tki-projektit/elintarvikeketjun-kyberturvallisuus