The proportion of food manufacturers hiring for cybersecurity-related positions rose significantly in February 2022 compared with the equivalent month last year, according to analysis from GlobalData.

Some 44.6% of the companies included in GlobalData’s research were recruiting for at least one such position in February, compared to 29.7% a year earlier and 29.3% in January 2022.

Cybersecurity is one of the topics that GlobalData, Just Food’s parent company, has identified as being a disruptive force facing business in the coming years. Companies that excel and invest in these areas now are thought to be better prepared for the future business landscape and better equipped to survive unforeseen challenges.

Some 1.7% of all newly posted job advertisements were linked to cybersecurity in February, up from the 0.7% of newly-advertised jobs associated with the area in the equivalent month a year ago.

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Nevertheless, GlobalData says its analysis suggests food manufacturers are hiring for cybersecurity jobs at a rate lower than the average for all companies within the research group’s jobs analytics database. The average among all companies stood at 3.1% in February 2022.

The database tracks the daily hiring patterns of thousands of companies across the world, drawing in jobs as they're posted and tagging them with additional layers of data on everything from the seniority of each position to whether a job is linked to wider industry trends.

Cybersecurity has been rising up corporate agendas and, in recent years, some major names in the food industry have been hacked. A recent prominent example was the breach last May at Brazil-based meat giant JBS, which saw its servers supporting the company’s North American and Australian IT systems targeted by what it called “an organised cybersecurity attack”.

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