Experts encourage better 'cyber hygiene' as pharma breaches skyrocket amid the pandemic
As the Covid-19 pandemic thrusts pharma companies into the public spotlight and accelerates digitization, cybersecurity experts say it also places a huge target on their backs. Now, Constella Intelligence is reporting a dramatic rise in breaches that exposed millions of records from top pharma giants over the last three years.
Analyzing records from 2018 to 2021, Constella — a digital risk protection company — detected 9,830 breaches and leakages at the top 20 pharma companies on the Fortune Global 500 list, which includes J&J, Merck, Pfizer and others. Those breaches resulted in over 4.5 million exposed records, about two-thirds of which included personally identifiable information. Most of the exposures (76%) have occurred since 2020.
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