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  • Writer's pictureJared Thompson

The NCSC's First-ever Cyber Security Advice for Farmers

The NCSC and NFU have worked together to issue cybersecurity guidance for the agricultural sector. This guidance has been issued to help the agricultural sector stay secure in cyberspace. Farmers are encouraged to follow practical steps as the sector increasingly sees the increased use of technology.


This guide is the latest in a raft of measures from the NCSC, a part of GCHQ, to empower businesses across the UK to increase cyber resilience.

The advice, which can be found in full on the NCSC’s website, includes guidance on

  • Protecting your farm against malware.

  • Keeping devices up to date.

  • Where to go for help.

  • Backing up data.

  • Dealing with scam emails, text messages, and phone calls.

“Technology plays a huge role in modern farming and offers many benefits that will help the industry to thrive in the 21st century. We are teaming up with the NFU to share best online practice to the sector, as increased use of technology also sees an increased risk of being targeted by cybercriminals.


Staying safe online might seem daunting, but the actionable advice in ‘Cyber Security for Farmers’ will help the sector to stay as safe as possible while embracing the latest technology.”

Sarah Lyons, NCSC Deputy Director for Economy and Society


Useful links:

  • NCSC Guidance - The National Cyber Security Centre has a range of guidance you can use to make your business more cyber resilient.

  • Small Business Guide - this includes; what is Cyber Security, what are the different types of cybercrime? Further free resources & support.

  • Action Fraud website - if you believe that you or your business has been the victim of online fraud, scams or extortion you should report it to Action Fraud.

The Cyber Resilience Centre is committed to raising cyber security and resilience across the North West and this includes supporting businesses, academia, and the charity sector, as well as employees through our Free Membership.

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