Cyber Threats and Pharmacy

Pharmacies tend to be highly exposed in terms of the threatscape as they combine retail (payment systems and data) with health. That these are two of the hottest spots on the cyber-criminal radar right now makes the pharmacy a prime target.

Control systems for pharmaceutical production used to be proprietary and limited to the individual research and production facility. This meant a typical industrial control system would not be directly connected to the internet and therefore couldn’t be easily accessed externally. However, an increasing need for automation and robotics, remote access and factory-wide connectivity has meant pharmaceutical production and control systems have changed significantly in the last decade.

The wide scale introduction of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is the next major step towards a fully connected smart factory. The benefits of the IIoT-enabled pharmaceutical production facility are clear for anyone to see. Collecting and strategically interpreting production data using analytics and turning this information into insight can create a basis for enhancing productivity and reducing errors, in line with industry regulations and key business goals.


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