AI Services (Northern Ireland) Ltd. will host a “Working Safely Online” webinar series, which will begin on Tuesday 9 November.
They were designed to improve the skill base of farming families when it comes to staying protected while using the Internet.
This initiative is a pilot project that was developed under the auspices of the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), and is part of the “Key Skills Program for Farming Families” . in Northern Ireland.
Eamonn Matthews, rural development contract manager at AI Services, said:
“It’s easy to forget how much information farmers and their family members access and post online.
“We all use our phones, many of us do online banking while most of us regularly email confidential information.
“There is also an important web element associated with modern farm security systems, as well as the use of camera and video systems that are used to control livestock during calving and lambing,” a- he added.
“And of course, not all robotic and GPS-related farming systems can function without Internet access.”
Online data protection
Matthews explained that the driving force behind all of this is the accumulation of data. He said this is information that should be the exclusive preserve of the relevant farm business, but could be extremely valuable to others, if they can access it.
“The need for farming families to stay safe, in terms of interacting with the Internet, is of paramount importance. And it is for this specific reason that the next webinar series has been developed, ”he said.
A total of 25 webinars are planned for the next four months: the first will take place on Tuesday, November 9.
Eamonn Matthews continued, “The number per webinar has been limited to 20 people. This should allow a maximum of 500 members of farming families to participate in the events that will take place by the end of February. There is no registration fee.
“All families with an active farm business number will be eligible to participate in the pilot project. There is no link between the device and the other agricultural development programs of CAFRE.
“Each two-hour event will be led by an accredited ICT and online security trainer.
“The webinars have been structured to provide the maximum level of engagement between host and attendees; they are deliberately set up for the evenings when the farming families have finished their daily chores.
Each webinar provides information and advice on the following topics:
- The benefits and risks of working online and using online services;
- How to keep devices safe and secure;
- Protect your operating systems and application software;
- How to protect your information when communicating, transacting and accessing information online.
Eamonn Matthews concluded: “The next webinar series is extremely timely and relevant; one example is the recent spate of fraudulent emails related to the basic payment system that were sent to farmers across Northern Ireland. ”
Pre-registration by clicking here, in order to participate in one of the next webinars, is essential according to CAFRE.