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Mapping the Cyberbiosecurity Enterprise

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Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol. | doi: 10.3389/fbioe.2019.00099

Cyberbiosecurity: a call for cooperation in a new threat landscape

 Lauren Richardson1*,  Nancy D. Connell2, Steven M. Lewis1, Eleonore Pauwels3 and  Randall S. Murch4
  • 1Merrick & Co., United States
  • 2Center for Health Security, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, United States
  • 3Wilson Center Science and Technology Innovation Program, The Wilson Center, United States
  • 4School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech Research Center, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, United States

The life sciences now interface broadly with information technology (IT) and cybersecurity. This convergence is a key driver in the explosion of biotechnology research and its industrial applications in health care, agriculture, manufacturing, automation, artificial intelligence, and synthetic biology. As the information and handling mechanisms for biological materials have become increasingly digitized, many market sectors are now vulnerable to threats at the digital interface. This growing landscape will be addressed by cyberbiosecurity, the emerging field at the convergence of both the life sciences and IT disciplines. This manuscript summarizes the current cyberbiosecurity landscape, identifies existing vulnerabilities, and calls for formalized collaboration across a swath of disciplines to develop frameworks for early response systems to anticipate, identify, and mitigate threats in this emerging domain.

Keywords: cybersecurity, biosecurity, Life Sciences, healthcare, cyberbiosecurity, Health, manufacturing, Genomics, bioeconomy, Automation, Biotechnology, bioinformatics, Agriculture, Information Technology, Biology, DIY-biotech, community biology, artificial intelligence, Synthetic Biology, digitization, Distributed manufacturing

Received: 30 Jan 2019; Accepted: 18 Apr 2019.

Edited by:

Stephen A. Morse, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United States

Reviewed by:

Dana Perkins, United States Department of Health and Human Services, United States
Laura Adam, Ebiosec, Inc., United States  

Copyright: © 2019 Richardson, Connell, Lewis, Pauwels and Murch. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Lauren Richardson, Merrick & Co., Arlington, United States, Lauren.Richardson@merrick.com