If you follow the news, you will have heard of the cyber attacks that many pharmaceutical companies suffered in since a few years. The pandemic, and the sheer need to work from home and for employees to remotely access their valuable data, left companies that were not well prepared for this change in terms of security measures, highly unprotected for these schemes.
Besides the obvious consequences of data loss, and potential stolen intellectual property, there are other larger results like job losses and regulatory fines. However, companies’ reputation and brand can be also affected. According to this Forbes Insight report, 46% of organizations had suffered damage to their reputation as a result of a data breach.
One of our customers was the target of such cyber attacks in 2022. A lot of their data which was sitting in internal servers was compromised, affecting several areas within the company. Employees could not access data for days, and loss of information was experienced. Luckily, the Artwork and Regulatory teams were dealing with their packaging designs using our cloud-based Artwork Management System, so they could continue working normally and no data was lost for them.
Even though the Artwork Management Software Market Share is Expected to Grow at a CAGR of 9.0% 2022 to 2028, using Cloud technologies is not always a given for Life Sciences companies. Many of them do not consider a SaaS solution when looking at a change on their artwork management system, and insist on having it installed in their own servers. The main reason for this is that they consider they can have a better control on the application, and they believe it will be more secure.
Cloud service providers offer heavy physical security measures to protect their data centers: advanced security systems, including biometric authentication, surveillance cameras, or 24/7 monitoring. They also have redundancy in place to ensure that data is not lost due to natural disasters or other events. Providers will also hire security professionals solely dedicated to ensuring that their infrastructure and services are secure; and since they have access to the latest security technologies, adapting to new threats is very quick.
When it comes to “having more control” over the solution, the reality shows that, often, organizations rely on manual processes to detect any unusual activity, which can be time-consuming, prone to errors, and too late when a serious problem occurs. Cloud service providers on the contrary, have continuous monitoring in place to detect any unauthorized access or unusual activity. They use advanced security technologies such as intrusion detection and prevention systems, firewalls, and access controls. And they have the time and resources to continuosly do security audits and vulnerability assessments to identify and address any weaknesses in their infrastructure.
Furthermore, on-premise solutions may not be updated regularly, leaving them vulnerable to new threats. When updates do occur, systems often need to be shut down for a period of time, and users are not allowed to log in until the changes have been implemented and tested on the production environments. Cloud solutions are constantly being improved, and most changes do not require a full stop of system usage, as often new releases can be done within a few minutes and are transparent for the common user. This, in consequence, means that updates on cloud solutions tend to happen on a more regular basis.
One other set back for on premise solutions is that organizations may not have the resources available to scale up in case of increased usage or large growth, as this requires investing in additional own hardware and infrastructure for which one may not have the money or the floor space for! In a cloud environment, one can quickly add or remove storage capacity based on requirements without needing any extra space, and at a fraction of the cost of own infrastructure.
Considering all the above, we believe – and hope that we have also given you enough reasons to believe the same – that Cloud solutions are a better, more flexible and economical solution for companies looking at updating their Artwork Management platforms.
Our solution, Twona, is a SaaS solution, and hosted in the cloud. We review the infrastructure underneath it regularly, to make sure it is upgraded to the latest at any given time, and constantly work on ways to improve our solutions performance based on these. And, if you still need some more reassurance, I would like to add as a final notes that at Twona, we have a recovery protocol whereby in a matter of hours, we are able to replicate our set up and get our clients functioning again.