In 2013, BP Oil underwent a massive number of cyber attacks on a daily basis. Their CEO, Bob Dudley, claimed that they had around 50,000 attacks a day. The hackers were from around the world, and they were relentless. Many smaller companies are facing similar threats, albeit on a smaller scale today. Hackers and malcontents on the web are always looking for ways to harm others, whether they are individuals or companies. Hackers have been particularly fond of targeting the oil and gas industry in recent years, and this does not show any sign of changing.
Due to the increase in cyber attacks on these companies, web security groups have been learning more about the gas and oil industry and trying to find better ways of protecting it. Thus far, there have been two “Cyber Security for Oil and Gas Summits” in Houston, and now this summit is heading north to Canada. It takes place in late January in Calgary.
Canada produces a large amount of oil, and they also happen to be a country that’s a target of many different types of cyber attacks. They rank number four in the number of phishing attacks in the entire world. With more focus now on the production of Canadian gas and oil, the cyber terrorists are taking aim. The summit gathers IT professionals and oil company executives so they can talk about the new challenges and dangers they are facing and what they must do to meet and defeat those problems.
Some of the areas they will cover include data loss, exploitation of information and data, and targeted attacks. They are looking to develop better overall computer and network architecture as a means to keep the companies safe. They will also discuss how to implement forensic analysis and research into any cyber attacks they face.
The goal is to help oil and gas companies understand just how dangerous and problematic these issues are today, and how they can affect companies of all sizes. Recent hacks in the news that target movie studios and game companies are merely the ones that get the most attention. Attacks occur on companies almost daily, so finding ways to fight back and to keep data and information secure is essential. These summits are a great step in the right direction, and should start to provide companies with the extra knowledge they need to start improving their cyber security.
Note: The Cyber Security for Oil and Gas Summit Canada took place in Calgary from January 26-28 2015
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