In the first part of this series (Contract Pharma Nov/Dec 2016) we talked about the migration of manufacturing execution sys- tems (MES) technology to the cloud, deployment options and
what the benefits of deploying in the cloud are. We left off having
have identified five areas that create significant challenges and
concerns in the industry: security, data integrity, validation, availability, and integration. In this article we will take a closer look at
each of these problem areas and how to address them to get your
MES technology in the cloud.
Technology to secure and protect an organization’s environment
Challenges & Solutions, Part II
has come a long way. Virtual Private Networks (VPN), Advanced
Encryption Standard (AES) encryption, firewalls with intrusion
detection, and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), are all providing un-
precedented levels of protection.
Unfortunately, data breaches are occurring too often. A root
cause analysis seems to indicate that technology is not the cul-
prit—as recognized by the National Security Agency (NSA)—but
that improper human behavior most often results in breaches.
Examples of such behavior include failure to upgrade software or
patch known bugs (yes organizations still use Windows XP!), shar-
ing of passwords or using obvious passwords, accessing unknown
sites with viruses, casual exchange of files through USB sticks, or
not keeping anti-virus software up to date. Here, the industry’s cul-
ture of quality represents an asset, because there is a shared under-
standing of what it means to follow procedures, and conversely, the
fact that not following procedures can have grave consequences.
Deploying MES in the Cloud
The second of a two-part series, this article addresses five challenge areas and what
companies can do about them to begin taking steps towards the deployment of a
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