Food Supply Chain Cyber Threats: A Scoping Review

Cyber attacks against the food supply chain could have serious effects on our society. As more networked systems control all aspects of the food supply chain, understanding these threats has become more critical. This research aims to gain a better understanding of the threat landscape by reviewing the existing literature about the topic. Previous research concerning food supply chain cyber threat was surveyed using the scoping review method. In total, 43 research articles focusing on different parts of the food supply chain were reviewed and summarized in this study. The most prominent identified cybersecurity topics include smart farming, cyber-physical systems, threats against industrial control systems and old unmaintained software.


Janne Alatalo, Tuomo Sipola, and Tero Kokkonen

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Alatalo, J., Sipola, T., Kokkonen, T. (2024). Food Supply Chain Cyber Threats: A Scoping Review. In: Rocha, A., Adeli, H., Dzemyda, G., Moreira, F., Colla, V. (eds) Information Systems and Technologies. WorldCIST 2023. Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems, vol 801. Springer, Cham.



This research is funded by the Regional Council of Central Finland/Council of Tampere Region with fund of Leverage from the EU, European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Recovery Assistance for Cohesion and the Territories of Europe (REACT-EU). Research is implemented as part of the Food Chain Cyber Resilience project of Jamk University of Applied Sciences Institute of Information Technology.

The authors would like to thank Ms. Elina Suni for identifying some relevant sources and Ms. Tuula Kotikoski for proofreading the manuscript.