USPOULTRY is sponsoring a new Cyber Security and Risk Management Summit that will provide a broad overview of cyber security, including how computers and networks are attacked, how the attackers benefit, how to mitigate attacks, as well as address how cyber security relates to other areas of information technology. The summit will be held Nov. 1 – 2 at the Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel in Atlanta, Ga.

“The programs and data used to run poultry operations must be continually refined and updated and keeping this information safe while doing so is of utmost importance. All attendees, regardless of the size of their operations, will leave the summit with valuable information they can implement immediately,” remarked Eddie Elrod, vice president and CFO for Fieldale Farms Corporation, and program committee chairman.

Developed by a committee of experienced cyber, risk and information technology managers, the program will address the following topics:

  • Regulatory / Legal / Reporting Guideline Updates;
  • Policy for Prevention, Response, Action…What’s Coming Down the Pipe;
  • Tabletop Simulations of Threats and Attacks;
  • Critical Asset System Classification…What’s Likely to be Attacked?;
  • IT vs. OT: How Am I Connected?;
  • Case Studies: What Happened / Managing Business Continuity During the Attack / System Restoration After the Attack;
  • Network Monitoring Best Practices;
  • Cyber Insurance

The program planning committee included William Altenpohl, Computerway Food Systems, Inc; Harold Bleemel, Farbest Foods Inc; Jeff Clemmons, Mountaire Corporation; Eddie Elrod, Fieldale Farms Corporation (program committee chairman); Matthew Hall, Prestage Farms Inc; Logan Hayes, Cal-Maine Foods Inc; Bryan Johns, Morris & Associates, Inc; Kendall Layman, Cobb-Vantress Inc; Stewart Ward, Koch Foods; and Greg Whisenant, Case Farms LLC.

To register for the Cyber Security and Risk Management Summit and to make room reservations, click here or visit