Many leaders in every industry today are rightfully concerned with the growing cybersecurity threat.
One vertical, the oil and gas industry, faces unique cybersecurity challenges. The distributed ownership and operational nature of the industry infrastructure has led to wide differences in the application of security management practices. This, combined with the general industry image problems, media focus, and potential for large scale disruption, makes the industry in general a tempting target to cyber threats. The industry ranks number two behind utility companies for certain types of cyber-attacks and according to General Keith Alexander, retired Director of the National Security Agency, “41% of malicious attacks reported to the DHS were focused on the energy sector making it a prime target of such attacks.” Attacks can include targeting proprietary data, production disruptions and theft of employee and customer sensitive data.