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ARM Innovation Hub
22 November, 2018 - 11:20 By Kate Sweeney

Pharma giant uses Darktrace to defend patients from falsified medicines

Phoenix Pharmahandel, the second largest pharmaceutical wholesaler in Europe, has deployed cyber AI from Darktrace in Cambridge UK to protect the organisation’s data from trust attacks and insider threat.

The technology defends Phoenix Pharmahandel’s patient contacts from falsified medicines.

Operating 164 distribution centres across 27 countries and with 36,000 employees, the pharmaceutical trading giant had growing concerns about the threat from insiders across its large and dispersed workforce. 

By deploying Darktrace across both its IT and OT systems, Phoenix Pharmahandel now has unprecedented visibility across its entire digital estate. The organisation is using this visibility to monitor compliance and improve its infrastructure. 

Sven Milstein, head of IT Operations & Service Delivery management, revealed that Darktrace was protecting the 140,000,000 patients it serves from falsified medicines. 

With a vast, global supply chain, the organisation must be able to trust the data that verifies packages, such as serial numbers, at every stage of the distribution process.

“We are seeing more and more attacks aiming to undermine data integrity – not only jeopardising our reputation, but public safety. When it matters most, we can trust that Darktrace’s AI will spot subtle and stealthy attacks, allowing us to have full confidence in the medicines we deliver.”

In a CleanTech deal reported previously here, Darktrace revealed that Energy+, a leading energy provider in Ontario, Canada, has deployed the Industrial Immune System to defend its physical and digital systems. 

Andrew Tsonchev, director of Technology, Darktrace Industrial, said: “Legacy security tools fail to detect the stealthy reconnaissance missions and targeted attacks used to successfully target ICSs. Cyber AI is transforming how we defend our national critical infrastructure. 

“By deploying Darktrace Industrial, organisations like Energy+ are now capable of detecting stealthy cyber-campaigns across extensive power grids and utility systems, and stopping in-progress threats to avert a crisis.”

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Andrew Tsonchev

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