Cyber security affects every aspect of modern life, from personal emails to identity information, corporate payrolls, or even national intelligence secrets. Within the oil and gas industry, cybercrime such as data breaches can cause major threats to organizations. Supervisory Control and Data Acquisitions (SCADA) and Drilling Control Systems (DCS) are two control systems that are critical to the infrastructure of the oil and gas industry. Originally designed to be in physically secured, isolated areas, these systems must now be integrated with IT networks. This integration, along with the increased use of commercial off the shelf components (COTS), like USB drives and Windows, has decreased the isolation of SCADA and DCS, thus increasing vulnerability to attacks.
The oil and gas major has set aside $100 million to fund projects that will deliver new greenhouse gas emissions reductions in its upstream oil and gas operations. Cyberattacks are often seen as an IT issue, but the intelligence gained during the development of an effective cybersecurity protocol may serve a broader role as a business driver for energy. What should companies look for in assessing threats? Bob Dudley, the chief executive of BP, took charge of the London-based company when it was struggling to survive after the 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Dudley recently talked about the oil industry, climate change pressures, and technology.
Anadarko Petroleum wants a fleet of at least six vehicles with armor heavy enough to stop AK-47 bullets at its natural-gas project in Mozambique. And it needs them soon. By examining two very different security-risk environments, this paper will illustrate how easily security-related human-rights risks can go unnoticed unless care is taken early in the risk-management process. Oil production at Libya’s Sharara field, the country’s largest, was resuming on 6 September after a valve was reopened on a pipeline shut by an armed group for more than 2 weeks, Libyan oil industry sources said. A third Damen security vessel will be deployed to provide security and other support services to the international offshore oil companies active off the coast of Nigeria in the Gulf of Guinea, in cooperation with the Nigerian Navy.
Optimizing the design, function, and benefits of the logical cyber-representation of physical asset environments is an evolving trend for the oil and gas industry to gain operational efficiency. Cyberattacks are an increasing threat globally to businesses and organizations, very much including the oil and gas industry, with operating activity of all kinds exposed as well as information technology networks. A computer scientist with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation says that oil and gas companies must do more to protect themselves from cyberattacks. A new survey shows oil and gas CEOs are most worried about cybersecurity and the speed of technological change. Cyber threats have expanded beyond data breaches and the theft of intellectual property.
The report was written by a steering committee of SMEs with industry input from an SPE summit as well as members from SPE online communities. It is based on discussions and conclusions from the summit and is intended to provide guidance on an industry-wide safety management data sharing program. IoT has become a popular phrase in various industries. For upstream oil and gas operators, an IoT infrastructure may present an opportunity improve quality control on their projects, potentially reducing costs and increasing production. The SPE Board of Directors has realigned the Production & Operations and Projects, Facilities & Construction technical disciplines under one Technical Director. How do mooring systems reduce risks of hurricane damage to mobile offshore drilling units?
Operators need to take steps to protect their facilities from drone security breaches by outsiders. The costs an attacker incurs in developing tools to break into and control infrastructure is low compared to the costs an operator incurs in defending against those tools. More than 45% of energy companies fell victim to at least one cyberattack in 2014, a higher percentage than in any other corporate sector. With constant hacking threats, companies must develop strong cybersecurity strategies.
Digitalization in the oil and gas industry has been the focus of much discussion, but little has been written on the slow rate of adoption. This paper outlines some of the barriers the industry faces as it assimilates into Industry 4.0—automation and data integration in manufacturing. Cyberattacks are often seen as an IT issue, but the intelligence gained during the development of an effective cybersecurity protocol may serve a broader role as a business driver for energy. What should companies look for in assessing threats? How can communication standards help companies create and enforce stronger cybersecurity protocols?
Woodside has invested in Sapien Cyber, a Western Australian company specializing in the protection and security of critical infrastructure. The TRITON/TRISIS/HatMan malware incident proved that the worlds of process safety and industrial control systems should be looked at holistically, not just from the standpoint of potential cyberthreats. Most businesses understand that data is essential to improving operational performance and that data technologies provide opportunities for more-accurate risk assessment and control of safety-critical systems. Nonetheless, statistics show that the threat of cybercrime is growing. Texas Sen. John Cornyn introduced legislation that would extend authority over the cybersecurity of oil and natural gas pipelines, as well as liquefied natural gas facilities, to the secretary of energy.
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