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Actionable Cybersecurity Roadmap for a Growing Pharma Company


USDM worked with cross-functional teams and performed an in-depth assessment to help the life sciences customer verify and mature their cybersecurity readiness.

A U.S.-based pharmaceutical company with a global footprint and a strong pipeline needed a cybersecurity strategy. In light of recent breaches, the IT and security teams were focused on tools and configurations. USDM Life Sciences brought a comprehensive view that included people, processes, and technologies.

The Situation
  • The customer’s need had board-level visibility and was sponsored by the IT department
  • The customer had recently built their internal IT capability, and was moving away from an outsourced model
  • The customer’s growth and recent incidents necessitated a cybersecurity gap assessment, breach remediation action analysis, and cybersecurity strategy and configuration recommendations
  • The customer’s business, size, resources, and timeline did not align with a full International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and HITRUST certification
  • With a narrow view focused on technologies, the customer needed to have a more strategic view and adopt a right-sized, attainable approach to solve this challenge.
The Solution
  • USDM worked with IT and cross-functional teams to perform an in-depth assessment of the customer’s cybersecurity maturity and to prepare a prioritized, actionable roadmap
  • USDM identified and recommended urgent actions on critical findings during the assessments and breach report analysis
  • USDM developed a thorough and complete understanding of the customer’s strategy, IT landscape, technologies, and priorities
  • USDM helped the customer establish achievable objectives that aligned with their corporate plans
  • USDM conducted comprehensive cross-functional workshops well beyond the IT organization to build a complete picture of the situation
  • USDM performed a gap assessment based on the customer’s objectives, workshop outputs, and people, process, and technology elements
  • USDM prepared a prioritized, actionable roadmap that was robust yet appropriately sized for the customer’s stage of development, and within budget and time constraints
  • USDM established a business driven cybersecurity risk framework for global compliance
  • USDM verified that the effects of prior breaches were mitigated and established controls to prevent future breaches

The Results

  • 4 weeks to a prioritized, actionable cybersecurity roadmap​
  • 12 hours of detailed interviews and workshops to build a complete picture of customer’s situation​
  • Path of maturity aligned with growth of the organization


Additional Resources

Webinar: Cybersecurity Threats and Risks to Life Sciences Companies

Cybersecurity Services for Regulatory Compliance and Quality

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