Oil, Gas Industry Looks To Hire More Cybersecurity Professionals To Address RisksSource: Rigzone | 13 May 2014
Oil and gas companies are looking to hire more cybersecurity professionals as recent advances in oil and gas technology, which have created greater efficiency and reliability, also raise the industry’s risk from cyberattacks.
As it becomes more lucrative and high-profile, the oil and gas industry has become more of a target for cyberattacks. “Oil and gas is holding the economy together in a lot of ways, and is one of the few sectors not struggling,” said Chad Pinson, managing director of global investigations for cybersecurity at Stroz Friedberg.
Pinson said Stroz Friedberg sees more of its clients talking with the company about cybersecurity about ways they can bolster their cybersecurity preparedness. The hiring trend is not surprising, given the growing stakes and damage that can be caused by both sophisticated and unsophisticated attackers, Pinson noted.
“While the level of sophistication for cyberattackers has grown,” he said, “even an unsophisticated hacker can download a tool and do pretty good damage.”