Pharmaceutical Sector Lags in Data Protection Preparedness

By: Arieanna Schweber | 9/16/2015

When talking about the healthcare industry, we tend to lump all sectors together. While the data security regulations do not differentiate between subsections in the healthcare industry, there are different risks, challenges, and levels of preparedness amongst the sectors. According to new research out of Crown Records Management, the pharmaceutical sector is woefully under-prepared for current and future data security challenges.

The survey of IT decision makers at pharmaceutical organizations in the UK reveals that 60% have lost important data, 12% admitting to 7-9 incidents of significant data loss, while 24% say their organization has suffered a hack. According to the survey, not only are breaches occurring, but pharmaceutical IT decision-makers are not prepared to deal with the requirements of the upcoming EU GDPR. The survey reveals that 28% of respondents are unaware of EU GDPR changes, with another one-third waiting for final details before taking action.

While some aspects of the EU GDPR will shift before it comes into effect in 2017, waiting to take action puts data at risk unnecessarily. The EU GDPR makes data standards a requirement by 2017, but immediate action can do a lot to prevent unnecessary breaches from happening. Absolute’s James Pattinson recently talked about how the NHS should prepare for the EU GDPR, advice which should be mirrored by the pharmaceutical sector as well.

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