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Pharma firms ramp up investment in security products to secure critical data

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Pharma companies are also deploying some form of backup and archiving, and content and web filtering solutions to store as well as preserve their online information

Pharmaceutical companies require efficient technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, artificial intelligence and big data to manage information that is vital to the development and production of successful drugs. As a result, pharma firms are increasing their investment on various security products to prevent breaches, protect patient data and secure sensitive information, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. According to GlobalData’s survey, 79 per cent of pharma companies are currently making investments in identity and access management (IAM) solutions and 72 per cent of companies are considering investment in the solutions over the next two years.

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Siddharth Kumar Tiwari, Technology Analyst at GlobalData, explains, “Investments in IAM solutions among pharma companies are driven by the need to manage electronic user identities and ensure data privacy while avoiding any misuse of critical business information.”

The survey further reveals that an equal proportion (75 per cent) of pharma companies are currently deploying some form of backup and archiving, and content and web filtering solutions to store as well as preserve their online information.

Furthermore, organisations are striving to deploy IoT to minimise human intervention and achieve enhanced quality control. Tiwari concludes, “Although the pharma sector lags behind in implementing cyber security, prevalence of data sharing is compelling companies to look for vendors that can provide integrated security operations and analytics to tackle anomalous behaviour.”

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