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Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol. | doi: 10.3389/fbioe.2019.00182

Cyberbiosecurity Implications for the Laboratory of the Future

  • 1Inspirion Biosciences, United States

Technological innovation has become an integral and inescapable aspect of our daily existence as almost everything of significance in our world now has a cyber (i.e., relating to, or involving computers, computer networks, information technology and virtual reality) component associated with it. Every facet of our lives is now touched by technology. As such, we’re experiencing a digital transformation. Unfortunately, both as individuals and as a society, we're inadequately prepared to embrace the myriad of vulnerabilities presented by cybertechnologies. Unintended cyber vulnerabilities present significant risks to individuals, organizations, governments and economies. Here, we identify current cybersecurity vulnerabilities found in the life science enterprise and discuss the many ways in which these vulnerabilities present risk to laboratory workers in these facilities, the surrounding community and the environment. We also consider the cyberbiosecurity benefits associated with numerous innovations likely to be present in the laboratory of the future. The challenges associated with cyberbiosecurity vulnerabilities are not insurmountable; they simply require thoughtful consideration by equipment designers, software and control systems developers, and by end users. Organizations and the individuals that comprise them must respect, value and protect their data. End users must train themselves to look at every piece of laboratory equipment and every process from a cyberbiosecurity perspective. With this approach, cyberbiosecurity vulnerabilities can be minimized or eliminated to the benefit of workers, life science organizations and national security.

Keywords: biosecurity, cybersecurity, cyberbiosecurity, cyberbiosafety, cyberbiorisk management, bioeconomy

Received: 08 Mar 2019; Accepted: 11 Jul 2019.

Edited by:

Diane DiEuliis, National Defense University, United States

Reviewed by:

Gerald Epstein, National Defense University, United States
Paula A. Oliveira, University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Portugal  

Copyright: © 2019 Reed and Dunaway. 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: PhD. James C. Reed, Inspirion Biosciences, Frederick, United States, creed@inspirionbio.com