Strengthening Security in Biotechnology

  • 11 February 2020

Gubra is a Danish biotechnology company that was founded in 2008. Gubra focuses on preclinical contract research services and drug discovery programs within the metabolic space. The organization has established itself across the globe as a highly professional and competent partner within academia, biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry.

Gubra is protecting 160 employees with Tessian Defender and Tessian Guardian.

“I think that the principal challenge that we originally had was identifying the right security solutions for potential problems that have not materialized yet. ”
Morten Høgholm Pedersen Chief Technology Officer

Taking security seriously

Gubra is a Danish preclinical contract research organization that specializes in model building and drug testing for a variety of metabolic diseases. Chief Technology Officer Morten Høgholm Pedersen oversees IT development, implementation and operations. With many of the globe’s largest pharmaceutical companies as customers, ensuring that Gubra’s IT systems remain secure is a top priority.

Many of Gubra’s clients are very sensitive to data security due to the nature of the biotechnology industry. Therefore, it is imperative that their information remains safeguarded within the organization. “We share data via password protected fileshare solutions. So even though sensitive data would not be compromised, misdirected emails that employees could accidentally send would still seem unprofessional and undermine our reputation,” says Morten. Additionally, with the rise in spear phishing attacks, Gubra also needed a solution that would better protect the organization from inbound threats on email. Gubra turned to Tessian.

“The reason why we chose Tessian Guardian is because it is the only type of product of its kind. It could be an issue if people send an email to the wrong person. With Tessian Guardian, we hopefully solved this potential problem.”
Morten Høgholm Pedersen Chief Technology Officer

Upholding credibility through secured systems

Tessian was successfully implemented into Gubra’s security stack. Administered by Gubra’s IT team and overseen by Morten, Tessian gives Gubra transparency into their email security.

Gubra is now protected from accidental data loss due to misdirected emails with the implementation of Tessian Guardian. For Gubra, the most powerful feature is Tessian Guardian’s ability to automatically identify an abnormal email address and notify users in real time that the potentially wrong recipient has been included. “The pop-up warning that tells people they could be sending an email to the wrong person has had a learning effect on the organization,” notes Morten. For Gubra, Tessian Guardian has led employees to become even more cautious.

Many spear phishing attempts try to lure employees into paying fake invoices; and attackers are convincingly impersonating familiar parties. For Morten, the biggest concern for the organization is maintaining data security and credibility. Tessian Defender automatically prevents advanced impersonation-based spear phishing attacks by using stateful machine learning models to analyze historical email data and understand relationship context. Tessian Defender can detect impersonation from both internal and external parties and is helping Gubra defend itself from inbound threats.

Staying vigilant in a changing environment

Human error is inevitable, and people will make mistakes on email, but they can be mitigated if the right tools are in place. For Morten, “it should be a standard for all companies to have a high degree of protection using the most advanced tools available against phishing attempts and misdirected emails.”

With attackers getting more sophisticated with their tactics, it will be important for organizations to stay proactive with their security strategy. Gubra can now ensure that their clients’ sensitive data remains secured.

Learn more about how Tessian prevents human error on email

Tessian is building the world’s first Human Layer Security platform to automatically secure all human-digital interactions in the enterprise. Today, our filters use stateful machine learning to protect people using email and to prevent threats like spear phishing, accidental data loss, data exfiltration and other non-compliant email activity. To book a demo and learn more about how we can help your organization, click here.