The BioPhorum Cybersecurity collaboration workstream, and more recently Community of Practice, works with end users and suppliers to establish effective tools, processes and methods that help the biopharmaceutical industry mitigate the increasing risk with ever increasing “digitalized” plants.
In these resource pages you will find a series of articles exploring various aspects of cybersecurity under the NIST framework headings of Identity, Protect, Detect, Respond and Recover.
As manufacturing plants become more digital, effective cybersecurity is essential to keep facilities operational.
What is driving the increase in cyber risk for manufacturing plants?
OT systems are described as legacy within IT systems nomenclature. The reason is that the lifecycle for an OT system could be in excess of 30 years, whereas IT system lifecycles typically range between three and five years. OT systems may not have updated security patches because, in some cases, the support for these older systems is not available. Thirty years ago, many of these OT systems only supported local processes at local manufacturing and distribution center sites. This helped to reduce the risk of a cyberattack because only the local plant would be impacted. Industry 4.0 has accelerated the digital transformation creating ‘smart factories’. These smart factories interconnect with several systems, creating an architecture where systems communicate with IT systems outside of the plant.
Better OT/IT working to improve risk assessment and to manage cybersecurity incidents
The goal of this team, as a commnuity of practice, is to share learning and develop best practices that ensure biopharma manufacturing plants are safer from cybersecurity incidents and attacks. Whilst currently a commnuity of practice, ideas for future deliverables will be proposed to the BioPhorum IT leaders for approval. Recently the team helped to create content for the Digital Plant Maturity Model (DPMM) v3 cybersecurity and operations tab.
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