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Cyberbiosecurity and biosecurity

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The Center for Advanced Innovation in Agriculture (CAIA) contributes to our national food and agriculture security and Virginia Tech prominence in cyberbiosecurity. Cyberbiosecurity is an emerging discipline addressing the educational and workforce gap between cybersecurity, cyberphysical systems and biosecurity. 

Biosecurity focuses on identifying the risks and addressing protective measures needed to protect humans and animals against disease or invasive or harmful biological agents.

Cyberbiosecurity focuses on identifying and reducing the risk of security vulnerabilities at the interface of life sciences, information sciences, and biosecurity.


meet the platform leader

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Ford Ramsey

Ford Ramsey is an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. His research is primarily in production economics, risk and insurance, and applied econometrics.

"I’m happy to be able to serve as the inaugural platform leader in cyberbiosecurity and biosecurity. These issues continue to grow in importance in the agricultural sector and CAIA is poised to be a global leader in this area."

CAIA faculty are engaged in Virginia Commonwealth Cyber Initiative, which further enriches our capacity for addressing security challenges in the agriculture and food system.

The CAIA research platform on Cyberbiosecurity and Biosecurity in Agriculture and Life Sciences is featuring four seed projects funded by the CCI Southwest Virginia Cyberbiosecurity Grants Program.