Cyberbiosecurity: A call for cooperation in a new threat landscape

Lauren C. Richardson, Nancy D. Connell, Stephen M. Lewis, Eleonore Pauwels, Randy S. Murch

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number99
JournalFrontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
Issue numberJUN
StatePublished - 2019


  • Bioeconomy
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomanufacturing
  • Biosecurity
  • Cyberbiosecurity
  • Cybersecurity
  • Life sciences
  • Synthetic biology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Histology
  • Biomedical Engineering


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