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JBS Swift reopens after company cyber attack

Updated: Jun. 2, 2021 at 9:42 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - JBS Swift reopened on Wednesday, after they had to shut down most of their operations because they say they were the target of a cyber attack. The closure only lasted for one day since they already were off Monday for the holiday.

“The holiday actually served as a little bit of a buffer to help resolve this,” Executive Vice President of the Nebraska Pete McClymont said.

McClymont said if JBS was shut down even one day longer, it could have thrown many of his members off schedule.

“The animals that are ready to go are scheduled accordingly,” he said. “That has a significant impact on the market, even a day delay. So from that standpoint this could have been significantly worse.”

The plant now reopened and everyone is back at work.

This is a good time to look at your own finances and businesses to make sure you never fall victim to a cyber attack also.

“You have a responsibility and even though you may think ‘I don’t have anything a hacker would want or anyone would want’, you do,” UNK Associate Professor of Cyber Systems Angela Hollman said.

Hollman said the best way to protect yourself and your company is to not have easy passwords and to make sure everyone is aware of hacks.

“It can just be something that happens by an employee clicking on a random link in an email or some other way that’s unexpected,” she said. “Just awareness and making sure everybody in your office space knows the dos and donts of what to do on a work email and password security.”

Hollman teaches courses at UNK about cyber attack prevention. She also hosts a summer camp for middle school students in Kearney, teaching them also how to protect their computers.

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