Cyber Security in the Pharma Industry & Challenges amidst the Pandemic

Pharma Industry Challenges Amid COVID-19

Pharma Industry Challenges amidst the Pandemic

The pharmaceutical industry is one of the most vital industries in the world; discovering, developing, producing and marketing drugs and medication to help patients suffering from illnesses as minor as the common cold, to life threatening diseases such as cancer. Especially today, when COVID-19 is causing major global disruptions, the world is relying on pharmaceutical manufacturers to conduct research and development into a vaccine.

A study conducted by Deloitte found that the pharmaceutical industry is becoming the number one target for cybercriminals around the world. Due to the nature of the industry’s work, the type of information and data obtained by pharma is extremely valuable. And, as such, highly appealing to bad actors. It is not only financially motivated criminals that target the industry. State-sponsored groups are the most common perpetrators who aim to steal data in order to gain a competitive advantage. In an industry where innovation takes years, and costs millions of dollars, stealing intellectual property fast tracks competitors without them having to do any of the groundwork. The current COVID pandemic means that pharmaceutical companies conducting related research or support need to be extra vigilant with their cyber security posture.

Pharma Industry Challenges Amid COVID-19

Improve your Cyber Security posture with Sepio’s Solution

Many times, enterprises’ IT and security teams struggle in providing complete and accurate visibility into their hardware assets, especially in today’s extremely challenging IT/OT/IoT environment. This is because there is often a lack of visibility, and physical layer security, which leads to a weakened policy enforcement of hardware access. This may result in security accidents, such as ransomware attacks, data leakage, etc.

In order to address this challenge, ultimate visibility into your hardware assets is required, regardless of their characteristics and the interface used for connection as attackers. Moreover, it is important to be practical and adjust to the dynamic cybersecurity defenses put in place to block them, as well as take advantage of the “blind” spots – mainly through USB Human Interface Device (HID) emulating devices or Physical layer network implants.

In addition to the deep visibility layer, a comprehensive policy enforcement mechanism recommends on best practice policy and allows the administrator to define a strict, or more granular, set of rules for the system to enforce.

Sepio is the leader in the Rogue Device Mitigation (RDM) market and is disrupting the cybersecurity industry by uncovering hidden hardware attacks operating over network and USB interfaces. SepioPrime, which orchestrates Sepio’s solution, identifies, detects and handles all peripherals; no device goes unmanaged.

The only company in the world to undertake Physical Layer fingerprinting, Sepio calculates a digital fingerprint using the device descriptors of all connected peripherals and compares them against a known set of malicious devices, automatically blocking any attacks. With Machine Learning, the software analyses device behavior to identify abnormalities, such as a mouse acting as a keyboard.

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November 4th, 2020