Why the pharmaceutical industry is so vulnerable to cyber attacks

21st September 2016
Lanna Deamer

A whitepaper investigating the state of security in the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector has been released by COPA-DATA. The whitepaper includes, the reasons why the pharmaceutical industry is so much more vulnerable to attacks and examines some of the most effective security tools that companies have at their disposal in the era of Industry 4.0.

Cyber security threats are prevalent in almost every industry. However, according to the latest reports, the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors are falling behind in the cyber security race. The pharmaceutical manufacturers need to change the way they think about industrial security as the number and complexity of cyber threats rise.

“The objective of the white paper is to educate pharmaceutical manufacturers of the potential risks they face and highlight the best methods to minimise these risks. The white paper also discusses how pharmaceutical manufacturers can use compliance procedures to their advantage and employ intelligent SCADA software to reduce the likelihood of cyber attacks.”

The whitepaper investigates how pharmaceutical companies can leverage the benefits of new technologies, like the Industrial Internet of Things, while minimising cyber security risks.

"The estimated cost of cybercrime to the UK economy is said to be around £27bn annually,” explained Martyn Williams, Manager Director at COPA-DATA UK. “In fact, the same industry report named the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors amongst the hardest hit industries.

COPA-DATA develops and supplies intelligent HMI and SCADA software for industrial applications in the pharmaceutical, food and beverage, energy and automotive sectors. Supplying an ergonomic process solution for its customers, COPA-DATA provides versatile products for industry-specific processes.

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