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Multi-Signal Managed Detection and Response Across the Food Supply Chain


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From production to table - prevent downtime and revenue disruption with 24/7 threat detection and response that secures your food supply operation

Cyberattacks on the food supply industry have proliferated in the news, with at least five major food manufacturing organizations and their third-party ecosystem partners being targeted in the past year. When the world’s largest meat processing company was paralyzed as a result of a ransomware attack, product shortages resulted across the global food supply chain. Similarly, when a critical food supply ecosystem partner in oil pipeline production was hit by ransomware, the impact was hours shy of mass food outages across North America due to distribution and transportation challenges. In both cases, millions in ransom payments were issued in an attempt to reduce the downtime impacts.

Since food manufacturers play a critical role in the food supply chain, they face an increasingly complex set of challenges to protect the critical data assets for their own business as well as their customers. Although cybersecurity awareness continues to gain traction at the executive and board levels, cybersecurity teams still find themselves under resourced due to the increasing speed and precision with which threat actors are accomplishing their objectives.

In addition, manufacturers in the food supply chain find that more and more of their top retail and food service distributor customers mandate that they take steps to mitigate cyber risk. Demonstrating adequate threat detection and containment capabilities, and adherence to regional or industrial compliance requirements has become the norm. Compounding margin pressures due to the macroeconomic climate, rising competition and geo-political tensions, are only increasing the challenge to obtain the budget and resources necessary to protect your role in the food supply chain from downtime & revenue disruption.

As a security leader, there are many factors you need to consider that contribute to increasing cyber threats within the food manufacturing supply chain especially as threat actors seek to:

  • Interrupt, or completely halt, the production of goods and service operations leading to loss of revenue
  • Breach intellectual property (IP) of proprietary recipes and the production process
  • Take advantage of insufficient investment in skilled cybersecurity personnel, tools, and technology needed to mitigate a security incident
  • Capitalize on vulnerabilities across the attack surface that may stem from multiple third-party vendor relationships
  • Fine-tune their ransomware deployment by crafting highly convincing phishing and business email compromise (BEC) campaigns, which can sour the relationship between food manufacturers and their consumers or third-party vendors.

Prevent Downtime and Revenue Disruption Across the Food Supply Chain

The food supply chain consists of producers/manufacturers, processors, retail distributors, and end consumers. Whether your organization is a manufacturer, processor, distributor, or consumer, threat actors will capitalize on vulnerable systems and human nature to achieve their objectives. Therefore, you must be able to:

Cyber Threats Affecting the Food Supply Chain

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) designates food and agriculture as one of the 16 U.S. critical infrastructure sectors, encompassing about 2.1 million farms, 935,000 restaurants, and at least 200,000 production and processing facilities.1

Food Supply Chain

A graphic of different functions across the food supply chain that can be impacted by cyberattacks.

No matter where you sit across the food supply chain, your organization can be susceptible to multiple cyberattacks including:

Without the appropriate security measures in place to detect and respond rapidly, these threats can result in:

Avoid the Threat of Downtime Leading to Revenue Disruption

Ransomware has become a topic of discussion globally as cybersecurity leaders grapple with the magnitude and impact of this threat. Over the past 2-3 years, adversaries have shifted to using Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) and sophisticated social engineering techniques to deploy highly targeted cyberattacks.

Successful attacks unfold in mere hours from Initial Access to data exfiltration and ransomware deployment, making the time to detect and time to contain critical factors in building an effective cybersecurity program.

Unless you’re prepared to defend against modern ransomware, these attacks can result in your organization being locked out of mission-critical systems and applications for days or even weeks. The resulting downtime can be detrimental to businesses, driving many CEOs to pay the ransom.

Some of the top malware threats that affect Food Supply organizations, as observed by eSentire Threat Response Unit (TRU).
Some statistics showing the average daily cost of downtime for retail and manufacturing organizations caused by ransomware attacks.

Adversaries will continue to evolve their tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) to fulfill their objectives and deploy ransomware. Ultimately, the difference between protection and disruption comes down to the speed at which you can identify and contain a cyberattack.

Introducing eSentire

We are recognized globally as the Authority in Managed Detection and Response because we hunt, investigate, and stop known and unknown cyber threats before they become business disrupting events. We were founded in 2001 to secure the environments of the world’s most targeted industry—financial services. Over the last two decades, we have scaled our cybersecurity services offering to hunt and disrupt threats across every industry on a global scale

With two 24/7 Security Operations Centers (SOCs), hundreds of cyber experts, and 1500+ customers across 80+ countries, we have scaled to deliver cybersecurity services across highly regulated industries with a proven track record of success in securing businesses across the food supply chain. As a manufacturing industry cybersecurity thought leader, we partner with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and our threat intelligence experts are often featured at leading industry events. Today we secure a growing list of customers in the food supply and manufacturing space including:

  • One of the world’s largest meat processing companies
  • Major national wholesale grocery supply companies
  • Agricultural cooperatives and marketing organizations
  • Food and beverage manufacturers
  • North American grain producers and exporters
  • Regional food service suppliers

At eSentire, we go beyond the market’s capability in threat response and specifically address cybersecurity risks for the food supply sector. eSentire’s multi-signal MDR approach ingests endpoint, network, log, cloud, asset and vulnerability data to enable complete attack surface visibility. Enriched detections from the eSentire Threat Response Unit (TRU) are applied to captured data identifying known & unknown threats including suspicious activity and zero-day attacks. Our SOC Cyber Analysts, and Elite Threat Hunters are mission-driven to put food supply chain organizations ahead of business disruption. Powered by our industry-leading XDR cloud platform and unique threat intelligence, eSentire can detect and respond to cybersecurity threats in the food supply industry with a Mean Time to Contain of 15 minutes.

At eSentire We Support the Food Supply Chain By:

Whether your organization’s assets are stored in the cloud, on-premises, or in a hybrid environment, we detect and contain threats that other MDR providers miss. Our global 24/7 SOCs have discovered instances of ransomware gangs targeting our food supply chain customers and have interrupted their activities before they could establish a foothold by:

A table listing several food supply cybersecurity challenges and how eSentire multi-signal Managed Detection and Response (MDR) helps solve them.

eSentire Cybersecurity Services Portfolio

It’s critical to employ a multi-layered defense strategy to prevent ransomware from disrupting your business and causing downtime— this is why 24/7 Multi-Signal MDR is so important as part of your defensive strategy. Our cybersecurity services portfolio is designed to prevent breaches, simplify security and minimize your business risk. We provide around-the-clock threat protection that is proactive, personalized and cost-effective.

Gain Confidence, Control & Expertise

Managed Risk


Strategic services including Vulnerability Management, vCISO and Managed Phishing & Security Awareness Training to identify gaps, build defensive strategies, operationalize risk mitigation and continuously advance your security program.

Managed Detection and Response


We deliver Response + Remediation you can trust. By combining our cutting-edge XDR platform, 24/7 threat hunting and security operations leadership, we hunt and disrupt known and unknown threats before they impact your business.

Digital Forensics and Incident Response


Battle-tested Incident Commander level expertise, crime scene reconstruction and digital forensics investigations that can bear scrutiny in a court of law. The world’s fastest threat suppression with a 4-hour SLA available with our IR Retainer.

eSentire MDR features include:

  • 24/7 Always-on Monitoring
  • 24/7 Live SOC Cyber Analyst Support
  • 24/7 Threat Hunting
  • 24/7 Threat Disruption and Containment Support
  • Mean Time to Contain: 15 minutes
  • Machine Learning XDR Cloud Platform
  • Multi-signal Coverage and Visibility
  • Automated Detections with Signatures, IOCs and IPs
  • Security Network Effects
  • Detections mapped to MITRE ATT&CK Framework
  • 5 Machine Learning patents for threat detection and data transfer
  • Detection of unknown attacks using behavioral analytics
  • Rapid human-led investigations
  • Threat containment and remediation
  • Detailed escalations with analysis and security recommendations
  • eSentire Insight Portal access and real-time visualizations
  • Threat Advisories, Threat Research and Thought Leadership
  • Operational Reporting and Peer Coverage Comparisons
  • Named Cyber Risk Advisor
  • Business Reviews and Strategic Continuous Improvement planning

Why Food Supply Organizations Choose eSentire

Put Your Business Ahead of Disruption

  • Recognized - The Authority in Managed Detection and Response
  • Simple - We absorb the complexity of cybersecurity so you can prioritize your operations
  • Scalable - Industry’s most powerful machine learning XDR Cloud Platform can ingest data at the pace and scale of your business
  • Precise - We’re on the cutting-edge of attacker Tactics, Techniques and Procedures mitigating your risk of being breached
  • Fast - Extreme time to value as you will be fully operational within weeks
  • Responsive - We own the R in MDR to provide extensive response capabilities and threat hunting around the clock
  • Compliance - Our 24/7 Global SOCs leverage proven runbooks which include plays to manage issues and reporting for PCI DSS, PII, CCPA, GDPR, HIPAA, as well as state-level rules such as NYCRR 500.
  • Cost-Effective - 24/7 threat protection, detection and response at a fraction of the cost of DIY security programs
  • Complete - Multi Signal Coverage and comprehensive security services support
  • Team - Cyber Risk Advisor + SOC Cyber Analyst and Elite Threat Hunters on guard for your business 24/7
  • Results Food Supply Can Expect:
    • ~50% reduction in total cost of ownership (TCO) for threat detection and response
    • 50%+ additional coverage on top of commodity threat intelligence, leveraging proprietary technology and our food manufacturing network of customers
    • 9% reduction in threat detection and containment times from global averages
Some statistics about eSentire’s threat hunting and threat intelligence capabilities.
Some awards and industry certifications won by eSentire’s complete, multi-signal Managed Detection and Response (MDR) service.
  1. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency
  2. 2022 State of Ransomware report published by CyberRisk Alliance and eSentire

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