Wisconsin is on the front lines of an online battle between creative hackers and business owners trying to protect valuable data.

So says Byron Franz, a special agent with the FBI’s Milwaukee Division who specializes in industrial espionage. He spoke at a Tuesday meeting of The Wisconsin Technology Council’s Innovation Network in Madison.

“There are cyber-missiles landing in the Badger state every single day,” said Franz, who is originally from Milwaukee. He pointed to large-scale manufacturers and health technology companies based in Wisconsin as particularly attractive targets.

“We make the things that run the juggernaut that is the United States and the world,” he said.

He says cyber-attacks in Wisconsin are far more prevalent than many business owners might realize, and deliberate action is needed to protect from these online threats, which can often come from groups within China or Russia. Read the full story here.