Manufacturing area within Life Sciences is riddled with opportunities for process improvements. Supply chain, manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution are some of the functions where these organizations struggle to innovate. Manufacturing organizations often have complex and integrated processes that remain relatively unchanged due in large part to product safety. Despite opportunities for being able to better secure these processes, these processes can also be costly in terms of maintenance, quality, inventory, resources to name a few. Consider this along with the pressures manufacturing faces in terms of a skill gaps, environmental concerns, and balancing maintenance with throughput, it should come as no surprise the pressure to produce outweighs the need to innovate.
While the weight of the afore mentioned looms on manufacturing, a new horizon of technologies is being introduce that are transforming processes across almost every industry. With the introduction of technologies like Block Chain, Internet of Things, drones, 3D printing, and Quantum computing it is becoming clear that technology will reshape how organizations operate in the future.
While these technologies bring new and exciting opportunities, they also introduce new risks. We see in the news every day companies and individuals being exploited for money, data or just for spite or harm. So as we innovate around processes that create lifesaving medication, we also must consider the potential areas of exploitation and design for the prevention and detection of possible exploits.
Your challenge is to identify an area within the manufacturing realm where you see significant opportunity for improvement and develop a “process of the future” focusing on the utilization of emerging technologies, and just as the industries that wish to employ them must, fully investigate and describe how you would secure that solution with a focus on cyber security.