98% of pharmaceutical firms surveyed experienced at least one intrusion. And around 50% of the businesses surveyed experienced between three and five intrusions in the last year.
This results in heightened cybersecurity risk, which could adversely affect manufacturing operations if breached. Consider increased downtime, possible process anomalies, intellectual property theft, tampering with production records or systems, and in the worst-case defective products reaching consumers, requiring recalls.
Pharmaceutical companies are particularly consequential targets because of their products’ direct ties to human health and safety. This is the primary reason they must comply with stringent GMP regulations with respect to computer systems, cybersecurity, and especially data integrity.
Dragos’s unique approach analyzes the entire OT spectrum—including systems for processing, quality control, enterprise resource planning, and other critical operations—to address these and other issues. Dragos also monitors support systems, such as all those supporting processing, such as HVAC, water, CIP/SIP, and others.
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Visualize, Detect, and Respond to Cyber Threats Against Your Pharmaceutical Operations
Rest easy knowing your OT system infrastructure is in good hands
The Dragos Platform utilizes passive monitoring to provide deep packet inspection, providing operations personnel with a complete picture of all connected OT equipment and network communications. This platform is designed to work with automation systems provided by leading vendors, including Emerson, Rockwell Automation, Siemens, and others. Your team will immediately benefit from in-depth visibility of assets and cyber threats in your environment. Playbooks are provided to guide your analysts step by step as they investigate potential incidents.EXPLORE THE DRAGOS PLATFORM
Prioritize and remediate OT cyber vulnerabilities
Vulnerability management in the OT environment requires a different approach than with IT systems because production processes typically can’t be easily stopped and started. This is particularly true in the pharmaceuticals industry, where extremely expensive products can take weeks for batch processing, with any interruption resulting in possible multi-million-dollar costs. This sets the pharmaceuticals industry apart from other process industries, where continuous processes are the norm. Continuous processes can typically be restarted in hours or days following an interruption, which is not ideal. But this disruption pales in comparison to pharmaceutical production issues, where a multi-million-dollar batch near completion can be completely lost if interrupted. The Dragos Platform’s vulnerability management features provide the information needed to mitigate risk, minimize down time, and allocate cybersecurity resources where they are most needed.OT VULNERABILITY MANAGEMENT
Understand and mitigate OT cyber risk
Dragos’s professional cybersecurity services help security and operations teams understand cyber risk and prepare for and respond to a wide range of threats. These services are tailored to each client, no matter where they’re at in their cybersecurity journey. Dragos’s team works with your staff on assessments, threat hunting, penetration testing, tabletop exercises, incident response, training, and more—either onsite or remotely.DRAGOS PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Where Dragos differentiates from many [competitors] is in the ICS-focused expertise of its team, reflected in its intelligence-centric approach, where its deep and detailed knowledge of the specifics of the ICS threat landscape are borne out of experience.
Known Activity Groups Targeting Pharmaceutical Operations
The pharmaceuticals sector is a prime target for adversaries seeking to exploit industrial control systems environments. An attack can happen at any point in OT systems. To help protect your infrastructure, Dragos currently tracks four activity groups, along with a range of ransomware adversaries specifically targeting the pharmaceutical industry. Dragos will continue to update this list as more information becomes available.
Defend Against Ransomware Threats
Ransomware can directly impact OT systems at critical points in the production process. And, even when ransomware attacks only the IT network, industrial processes can be impacted by forcing operations personnel to halt OT operation.