Cybersecurity

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.

Cybersecurity deliverables

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Tabletop exercise to improve incident response

26 October, 2023
3.61 MB
49 downloads

Vulnerability management in manufacturing OT networks—are we playing whack-a-mole?

25 October, 2023
301.10 KB
81 downloads

Manufacturing patching practices: safeguarding the manufacturing environment

25 August, 2021
285.36 KB
407 downloads

Cyber Education Series: Guidance on how to write a disaster recovery playbook for the manufacturing environment

27 November, 2020
576.10 KB
141 downloads

Cyber security: A standard CMDB data model for pharmaceutical manufacturing shop floor systems

30 July, 2020
283.42 KB
128 downloads

Cyber Security Configuration management database use cases

22 May, 2020
242.37 KB
158 downloads

Cyber security: Boutique vulnerabilities

13 May, 2020
5.65 MB
143 downloads

Cyber security: Information technology vs operations technology – a BioPhorum article

6 May, 2020
237.42 KB
246 downloads

Cyber security: Digital plant resilience assessment tool

27 April, 2020
120.66 KB
212 downloads

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