Meat Processor Cyberattack Highlights the Importance of Incident Response Plans

Thoughtware Alert Published: Jun 08, 2021
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Australia and U.S. locations for JBS, the world’s largest processor of meat, shut down operations following an “organized cybersecurity attack.” The company has indicated delays are likely while it works to investigate and respond to the incident. In a statement released on May 31, JBS indicated its backup servers were not affected and the “company is not aware of any evidence at this time that any customer, supplier or employee data has been compromised or misused as a result of the situation.” On June 1, the White House deputy press secretary released a statement indicating the ransomware attack likely originated “from a criminal organization likely based in Russia.”

Coming off the heels of the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack just a few weeks earlier, the swift response by JBS highlights the need for comprehensive incident response plans for all organizations.

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