Digital solutions for the pharmaceutical value chain
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In the pharmaceutical industry, quality is a essential – cutting-edge research, excellent processes, perfect products are what make you the leader. But still, you need to improve to stay ahead: new diseases require new cures, increased competition requires faster, leaner processes in all aspects of your operations. With our proven, digital solutions, you can take efficiency, quality and productivity in your pharmaceutical value chain to the next level and win the race against time.
Digital solutions for the entire value chainDigitalization changes all areas of life: The way we stay informed, the way we travel, the way we buy things – and the way we manufacture products. The pace of innovation and the ability to disrupt are becoming key success factors in global competition. The pharmaceutical industry is no exception. Smarter products and experiences are challenging the way drugs have been produced until now – and at the same time, they open up new business opportunities.
IT security is both mandatory and key success factor
In the pharmaceutical industry, digitalization offers enormous potential for improving competitiveness. But it also poses major risk. That’s why the digital networking of production facilities must always feature effective measures to close security gaps and protect networks from external attacks.
To achieve this, it’s necessary to initiate action in all areas simultaneously – from the operational level to the field level and access control to copy protection. We use the defense-in-depth concept. It’s a depth-staged defense following the recommendations of ISA99 / IEC 62443, the leading security standard in industrial automation.
Defense-in-depth relies on three pillars: plant security, network security, and system integrity. Classic asset protection blocks physical access, while security for network and system integrity shields against cyber attacks and unauthorized access by users or non-employees.
Cyber attacks can have especially devastating consequences for players in the pharmaceutical industry. Consider the significance of intellectual property protection, where data theft can quickly cause financial damage in the millions. It’s clear that in a connected world, IT security is a basic prerequisite for plant availability and profitability – and thus for lasting success in global competition.