PMMI Podcast

With the unPACKed with PMMI podcast, listen to packaging and processing news and insights on the go, in the comfort of your home, in the office – whenever you find the time.

You’ll hear from industry influencers, executive Q&As, case studies and more as we dive into your most pressing business challenges in real-time – including how PMMI and its members are continuing to mend business operations following the events of the COVID-19 crisis. 

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Episode #130 - Cybersecurity in Manufacturing: Protecting Your Operations

Guest: Donna Ritson, President, DDR Communications

In this episode Donna Ritson, President, DDR Communications joins the pod to discuss the rising threat of cyber-attacks in manufacturing. She discusses various attack strategies, including phishing and ransomware, and highlights the vulnerability of interconnected networks, stressing the need for comprehensive cybersecurity plans. Tune in to hear about practical steps manufacturers can take to protect themselves from cyber threats, including employee training, risk assessments and more. 

Access PMMI's white paper, "Cybersecurity: Assess Your Risk," for more in-depth information on this critical topic.

Episode #124 - Defending the Food Chain: How Industry Giants Unite to Safeguard Food and Beverage Processing from Cyber Threats

Guests: Scott Algeier, Executive Director of the Information Technology – Information Sharing and Analysis Center (IT-ISAC) and Executive Director of the Food and Agriculture – Information Sharing and Analysis Center and Paul Hershberger, Cyber Command Center Leader, Cargill

In this episode, we explore the ever-evolving realm of cybersecurity threats impacting our food producers. With bad actors continuously advancing their tactics in the cyber world, the Food and Agriculture Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) has taken proactive measures to safeguard food and beverage processing companies from potential cyber-attacks.

Join us as we welcome esteemed guests Scott Algeier and Paul Hershberger to unPACKed as they shed light on how industry giants like Conagra, PepsiCo, and Oracle have joined forces through the ISAC to share vital information, fortify defenses, and prevent cyber threats in the food chain. Discover how this collaborative effort aims to deter attacks and, when necessary, support food and beverage processing companies in restoring their cyber health.

This episode is a must-listen for anyone invested in the security of our food supply chain and the resilience of the food and beverage processing industry. Tune in now to gain valuable insights into the power of unity and proactive measures against cyber adversaries, ensuring a safer future for our food producers.

Episode #78 - Don’t be the Reason your Company is Attacked

Guest: Ben Spencer, IT Manager, PMMI

Small and medium-sized manufacturing operations are now the companies that hackers and bad actors target the most as the stressed supply chain can become wholly unhinged with a few mouse clicks. Obviously, the events unfolding in Ukraine only add to the concern for IT and OT professionals. In this episode of unPACKed with PMMI, IT Manager Ben Spencer explains how more often than not, employees prove to be a weak point in cybersecurity prevention plans. Are you prepared? Are your colleagues prepared? Find out as we dive into the keys for success for end-user security awareness. 

Episode #63- Stay ahead of Cybercriminals . . . or Else

Guest: Donna Ritson, President, DDR Communications

Remote access and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connectivity make manufacturing more efficient, but they also create new exploitable points of vulnerability. As the manufacturing industry continues to adopt more significant levels of technology and connectivity, a robust cybersecurity strategy is essential. Donna Ritson, president of DDR Communications, discusses PMMI Business Intelligence’s report 2021 Cybersecurity: Assess Your Risk, revealing that the recent rise in remote working further compounds these vulnerabilities and leaves the manufacturing industry at greater risk of devastating cybersecurity attacks.