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Tuesday, November 07 2017 - 12:00
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Unisys Predicts Proliferation of IoT and Other Connected Technologies Will Accelerate Security Threats to Life Sciences and Healthcare Industry
BLUE BELL, Pa, USA, Nov. 07, 2017/Medianet International-AsiaNet/ --

Organisations will increasingly leverage technological expertise across 
industries while taking more holistic approach to security as a way to deliver 
improved compliance and patient care

Life sciences and healthcare companies will follow the lead of other industries 
and integrate connected technologies including Internet of Things (IoT) and 
intelligent scanners across their ecosystems as a means to improve operational 
efficiencies, enhance supply chain visibility and deliver better patient care – 
but the increasing use of such technologies will accelerate security risks, 
according to a new set of predictions from experts at Unisys Corporation 
(http://www.unisys.com/)(NYSE:UIS).

"Market forces that to this point have primarily affected other industries are 
now demonstrating the potential to transform the way life sciences and 
healthcare companies operate," said Jeff R. Livingstone 
(http://www.unisys.com/industries/commercial/life-sciences-and-healthcare/though
t%20leader/jeff-livingstone-id-2835), PhD, vice president and global head, Life 
Sciences and Healthcare, Unisys. "For example, if the pharmaceutical industry 
looks at the processes and best practices being used in other types of 
manufacturing, they can apply and adapt those technological advancements in how 
they manufacture, provision and supply therapeutics. Ultimately, there is a lot 
of interconnectivity between industries that can be taken advantage of." 

Consequently, Dr. Livingstone predicts a fundamental consumer-driven shift 
based on the "retailisation" of industries such as healthcare, which 
incorporates expanded roles for security, and which in turn facilitates a shift 
from on-premise data management to the cloud.

Prediction: The "retailisation" of healthcare – based on the IoT – will 
fundamentally alter how life sciences and healthcare organizations conduct 
business. 

As industries like retail have already started using connected technology like 
intelligent scanners and e-readers to track and ship their products, so too has 
this technology demonstrated potential for life sciences and healthcare. 

Unisys predicts that in the coming year, connected technology will take a more 
prominent role within the supply chain, as sensor-based track-and-trace 
technology will allow companies to verify product shipping information, monitor 
temperature issues and adjust routes based on environmental factors affecting 
drug viability, as well as using cross-platform analytics based on tracking 
data to help improve route efficiencies and deliver critical medications to 
people who need them, when they need them. 

Prediction: Continued rise in cyberattacks and shift in how patient data is 
accessed will require a multi-tiered approach to cybersecurity. 

According to a recent report 
(https://www.mcafee.com/us/resources/reports/rp-quarterly-threats-sept-2017.pdf)
, in the second quarter of 2017 life sciences and healthcare organisations 
suffered more security incidents than any other industry, surpassing the public 
sector. Simultaneously, as more providers use personal or hand-held devices to 
access data, it means extremely valuable patient data is more vulnerable to 
cyber threats. In the coming years, the industry will see a rapid rise in 
ransomware and DDoS attacks that threaten patient data, as well as the business 
reputations of the organisations trusted to protect it. 

These security risks are not lost on consumers; the recent Unisys Security 
Index(TM) (http://www.unisys.com/unisys-security-index/us) found that a large 
majority of U.S. respondents registered concern about the possibility of 
hackers or malicious intruders gaining access to internet-connected medical 
devices such as defibrillators, pacemakers or insulin pumps belonging to them 
or someone they know.

As a result, Unisys predicts companies will shift toward a multi-tiered, 
holistic approach to security. To ensure proper security, all devices will 
require equally strong protection, including personal devices that interact 
with multiple networks. While it will require more than one type of protection, 
those that are best poised to adapt will start with a thorough security 
assessment to analyse network and devices, which in turn can determine how 
different aspects of security can work together best for the business.

Prediction: Compliance and certification move to the cloud. 

Historically, legacy hardware and a lack of centralised mandates for 
certification have hindered migration to the cloud in life sciences and 
healthcare. This has largely been based upon a general distrust of allowing 
critical IP and patient information "outside the gates".

Unisys predicts that advancements in cloud-based software and security, coupled 
with proper guidance, will help providers more quickly adapt to ensure 
up-to-date compliance based regulatory needs and help bridge the gap between 
compliance, security and privacy.

"To prepare for what's to come, first you have to take a step back," 
Livingstone said. "Completing a thorough review and assessment of one's 
technological and security needs, as well as data and compliance management as 
it relates to IP, patent and regulatory issues, life sciences and healthcare 
companies will make one well-positioned to succeed in the digital future."

Unisys leverages deep domain expertise across several important vertical 
markets, including life sciences and healthcare, financial services, government 
and travel and transportation. Recently, Unisys launched ActiveInsights(TM) 
(http://www.unisys.com/activeinsights/meddevice) MedDevice, a comprehensive, 
integrated medical device management platform providing healthcare and life 
sciences companies with the ability to seamlessly monitor all of the medical 
devices within their organisation. For more information about how Unisys can 
help you manage your life sciences and healthcare needs across the globe, 
please visit 
http://www.unisys.com/industries/commercial/life-sciences-and-healthcare. 

About Unisys
Unisys is a global information technology company that specializes in providing 
industry-focused solutions integrated with leading-edge security to clients in 
the government, financial services and commercial markets. Unisys offerings 
include security solutions, advanced data analytics, cloud and infrastructure 
services, application services and application and server software. For more 
information, visit www.unisys.com.

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(http://www.linkedin.com/company/unisys). 

Contacts: 		
Claire Hosegood, Unisys, +61 411 253 663
claire.hosegood@au.unisys.com 
		
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SOURCE: Unisys Australia
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