Apr 25, 2022
Laboratory Data Security
Industries/Organizations which rely on digital technology and data storage are vulnerable to the growing threat of cybercrime. Each year, thousands of organizations fall victim to malware, ransomware, and other cyber-attacks – with hackers targeting every sector with indiscriminate efficiency, exploiting weaknesses in digital systems.
According to recent reports, pharmaceutical companies reported the highest volume of cyber security breaches among all industry sectors. The pharmaceutical industry is always a high target for hackers, due to the sensitive data generated such as R&D facts, patents, and patient facts. Unauthorized access to sensitive information has threatful implications including loss of public trust, stolen intellectual property, and significant revenue losses.
Never has it been more important for laboratories to invest in and implement data security systems and protocols. Outdated systems, poor processes, and rudimentary technology can all contribute to weaknesses and vulnerabilities in a lab’s data security infrastructure – so a considered, comprehensive approach is crucial in safeguarding digitally-stored assets.
To maximize data security, one of the best ways is to invest in LIMS, or laboratory information management systems. This is a data storage and management system that affords robust safety capabilities in opposition to the chance of cybercrime.
For smaller labs looking for a flexible yet secure and reliable way to host research and intellectual property, cloud-based LIMS is an affordable and simple solution. A fully scalable approach to lab data storage provides the benefit of firewall and encryption protection, whilst affording full collaboration and data management between internal teams and personnel.
In the digital age, organization infrastructure can protect proprietors. Several LIMS solutions offer extensive protections to cloud solutions as well. Additional protection layers would include SSL certificates that make encryption possible. This protects your sensitive information from hackers and identity thieves during transfers.
A LIMS system must include all security features to safeguard your laboratory data. A LIMS system should be able to assign role-based access restricting network access based on the roles of individual users within an enterprise/ laboratory to avoid data loss, errors, and tampering, thus reducing the potential risk for data breaches or data leakage.
A cost-effective solution for securing laboratory data that works by sending an SMS with a code, or one-time password (OTP), adds an extra layer of protection to online actions with a personal, time-sensitive code sent straight to users’ mobiles which against phishing, social engineering, and password brute-force attacks. This secures your logins from attackers exploiting weak or stolen credentials.
Encryption is a method of encoding data so that it can only be read by authorized users and can help protect your data from unauthorized viewing at the server level.
Database-level encrypts all the data in the database, as it becomes only decrypted by the user with the key. Field-level encrypts data automatically in individual data fields in LIMS once the data field is chosen. This gives you greater control and flexibility. Therefore, the sensitive details of a patient can’t be viewed by the user but can see necessary information which is to be worked on by that user.
With these comprehensive digital solutions in Revol LIMS, stakeholders of any level can enjoy access. Safe and transparent for all authorized users, this empowers decisions and boosts confidence. Your laboratory would do well to take advantage of Revol LIMS to bring operations into the future. This will transform your lab into the digital age and protect the integrity of your organization's greatest asset i.e, data.
Follow cybersecurity best practices and deploy a secure, cloud-based Revol LIMS to assure the security and integrity of data at all times. Can’t believe it? Contact us for evaluation access.