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March 19, 2019
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Cyber attacks continued to grow in intensity in 2018, with alarming new trends evident. First, government agencies are now being attacked more frequently. The March 2018 attack on computers and networks in Atlanta—a major national transportation hub—was the largest successful ransomware cyber attack on a U.S. city. In the private sector, aerospace, hi-tech, life sciences, metals, mining and natural resources companies experienced cyber attacks in 2018. The medical device segment in particular was recognized as an industry in which cyber attacks on manufacturers could pose threats to patients. After cybersecurity vulnerabilities were identified in the Internet connections used by Medtronic to update software in cardiac implantable electrophysiology devices (CIEDs), the company issued a voluntary recall in collaboration with Food and Drug Administration. Following this event the Healthcare Sector Coordinating Council, a joint group on security issues between industry and government, published a joint security plan addressing the challenges faced by medical devices. Similarly, a computer virus attack at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) was caused due to a failure in following proper operating procedures for virus scanning.
We just prepared a report for Rx-360 leadership on potential supply chain disruption events over a recent three-and-one-half week period of time. The supply chain events were all detected and reported by our 24/7 EventWatch® global event monitoring and analysis service. I thought I would share some data we rolled up over this “snapshot” period of time. It sheds some light on the frequency and diversity of types of events that hit the life sciences and biotech global supply chains every day.
Explosions in Tianjin, China, this week called attention to the lack of sufficient chemical storage standards compliance present in the country. If not more strongly regulated, improper chemical storage and transport actions could cause major supply chain risks, sending a potential ripple effect felt across businesses in the Tianjin region and also throughout the global supply chain.
August 08, 2015
Typhoon Soudelor hit Taiwan on Saturday at 5 a.m. local time, according to The Weather Channel LLC.1 The storm moved across Taiwan, before moving on to mainland China.2