The Digital Lab

The digital lab and data security

Nov 12, 2021 1:00:00 PM / by Paul Planje

Digital_Labor_ProjektWith digital transformation, more and more data is ending up in the cloud. This is also the case in the digital laboratory of the future. With the move to cloud-based services such as the iLES platform, work processes are becoming faster, access to the stored data easier and research results easier to evaluate. However, the use of digital technology also brings with it completely new problem areas. Data sets from everyday laboratory life are not only of interest to laboratory employees - but also to an army of cybercriminals. That's why we don't want to focus on the iVention modules and the iLES platform today - but on the cyber security factor.

Data security in the cloud: a shared task

Cloud solutions such as iLES offer many advantages in the daily laboratory routine due to their flexibility and access to the stored data at any time. To ensure that the data is secure and protected from unauthorized access at all times, it is essential to follow the "shared responsibility" approach. This model divides responsibility for security between the cloud service provider and the end user. The cloud provider is responsible for the physical security of the server locations and the databases, while the user is responsible for securing the data. Whether an in-house IT team is employed or external service providers are contracted for data security depends not least on the size of the lab and the available budget.

It is essential to bear this in mind: Shadow IT

When switching to cloud solutions, the so-called shadow IT is still neglected far too often. Shadow IT refers to technically skilled employees who connect their private smartphones or tablets to the lab's own network away from the IT department and thus gain access to data stored in the cloud. It is also common for sensitive data to be shared with customers via file-sharing services or for documents to be stored on unauthorized cloud services. Shadow IT thus offers an additional attack surface for cybercriminals, even if it is usually without malicious intent.

Competent consulting for reliable all-round protection of your data

At IVention Lab Automation, comprehensive consulting for our customers is always at the center of our attention. Individually tailored to your needs, we not only develop efficient solutions for digital laboratory operations, but also ensure the highest level of security for your sensitive data. We would be happy to inform you in a personal conversation about our security concepts around the cloud. Why not give us a call right now!

Tags: Digitalisation, Platform, Pharma, Digital transformation, DigitalTransformation, _Platform, iLES

Paul Planje

Written by Paul Planje

I have been working since 1992 on subjects such as efficiency and Productivity increase. Initially in the laboratory and research sectors. Here I made my experiences with analytical instruments and automation. With the change to sales, enterprise solutions such as Scientific Data Management Systems (SDMS), Laboratory Information Systems (LIMS), Laboratory Execution Systems (LES), Electronic Laboratory Journals (ELN) and Document Management Systems (DMS) were added. In the last years I was engaged in the digitization of processes and their measurements. Scince 2019 I'm running the iVention DACH region supporting our customers to move into the digital lab world.