Cyberattacks Pose Increasing Industry Threat

Source: ProtectWise.
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Cyberattacks are an increasing threat to businesses and organizations globally, and the oil and gas industry is and will remain a prominent target.

At the American Petroleum Institute (API) annual Cybersecurity Conference held recently in Houston, James Morrison, a technical expert on information technology (IT) with the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation, told an industry audience, “Every single one of you will be attacked, if you have not already been attacked.”

During 2016, 75% of oil and gas companies had at least one cyberattack, he said, stressing that companies must do more to protect their data and “the industrial control systems behind that data.”

All facets of industry business, very much including operating activity of any kind, are exposed and will only be more so as the Internet of Things proliferates.

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Cyberattacks Pose Increasing Industry Threat

Joel Parshall, JPT Features Editor

01 January 2018

Volume: 70 | Issue: 1


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