Criminal actors—whether they be halfway across the globe or within our own companies—pose significant risks to dairy business operations, food and workplace safety, and our industry’s reputation. They can attack at any time, from anywhere, and through any number of means. On the latest episode of The Dairy Download, we speak to a cybersecurity veteran with a background in the U.S. military and a food defense expert with a background as a Washington, D.C. homicide detective.

First up is John Hoffman, senior research fellow at the National Center for Food Protection & Defense, who details the extent to which cybersecurity threats can harm dairy businesses. What motivates cyber criminals? What vulnerabilities are common at food and beverage manufacturing facilities? And how can we each individually support security at our own businesses? John gives us the scoop.

Next is Rod Wheeler, founder and CEO of The Global Food Defense Institute — a firm that provides food defense and crisis management training and education to manufacturing and retail operations. With a prolific background in criminal investigations, Rod brings a unique perspective when thinking about intentional adulteration of our food supply, whether that’s from actors within or outside of our businesses.

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Witty, fast-moving and stacked with dynamic guests, The Dairy Download offers sharp insights in a neat, 25-minute package. Blimling’s Phil Plourd and Kathleen Wolfley host each episode, leading listeners through a rundown of action in the CME markets and things to watch, while going in depth with guests on consumer, market and policy trends shaping dairy.

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