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The Future of Data Security and Information Management

30 – 31 October 2014

Amsterdam, The Netherlands | The Hilton

About this Workshop


Security of data and continuity of operations have become a growing concern as we move to increased reliance on tools, devices, remote connectivity and automation all producing larger and larger volumes of critical information and intellectual property that could be compromised.  With multiple operators, standards and approaches currently under consideration, as well as many of the critical constituents not setting the same expectations on our future, this workshop will provide a forum to develop a consistent understanding on how to best secure an industry approach.  The workshop will also provide a better awareness of the future needs in drilling data and on how the industry should address the multiple challenges surrounding the future of communications and data management while protecting our systems from the threats of disruption ranging from disasters to terrorism.

The historical approach has been “security through obscurity”, i.e. relying on the relatively low profile of the upstream energy business and relatively remote and “non-connected” nature of installations to provide both data and control security.  However, the future will require implementation of standard network, data and machine control security methodology across the industry.

Control engineers may not have the same agenda as network security engineers so the key lies in ensuring that everyone is working towards the same goal.  At times complaints are centred on the “slow down the control network and software” approach that security related initiatives are thought to bring. However the future has the real possibility of bringing newer solutions that are likely to be more secure. 

This workshop will take a multi-disciplined look at what our future needs are, and the issues in the management and use of data. It will also address how we can establish the appropriate security to protect our operations, intellectual property and future profits, in relation to data management.

This workshop will address:

  • Where are we most vulnerable?
  • Can we know what we do not know until it happens to us?
  • Which standards and/or approaches are most applicable?
  • What is the appropriate investment for the security system of the future?
  • How to get legacy control systems to meet industry standards once they are clearly defined?
  • What is an appropriate level of value for robust protection?

We will also look into to the following industries:

  • Military
  • Government
  • Finance/Banking
  • Industry


Workshop Guidelines


Two and a half days of informal sessions, with a number of short presentations, keynote and panel sessions and breakout discussions, an evening welcome reception on Wednesday, 29 October and dinner on Thursday, 30 October. Full details will be provided with the registration pack which will be sent in early April October.


75-85 delegates from relevant disciplines with proven experience and/or knowledge of the subject areas being covered.

Continuing Education Units

The workshop qualifies for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU), at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the workshop.

Scribe's Report

The steering committee will appoint a scribe to make a full report of the workshop, summarising all presentations and discussions. This report will be circulated to all attendees after the event. The copyright of the scribe’s report will belong to SPE.

Attendance Certificate

All attendees will receive a certificate from SPE attesting to their participation.

Cancellation Policy

Written notice received 30 days before the starting date of the workshop entitles registrants to a 50% refund. There will be no refund for cancellations received after this time however alternative delegates are welcome.