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IIoT AND DIGITAL SOLUTIONS FOR OIL & GAS

June 2019  |  TBC

How can oil & gas sector win the cyber security battle?

Posted on 17-05-2018 by GBC

 

 

15 years ago, most people were afraid of purchasing through internet, whereas, nowadays, many people buy mainly through this platform. If we have accepted “risking” our money, I bet that our sector will “risk” its data.
Jesus Perraga, Senior Researcher, REPSOL

 

 

We have to strike the balance between full force IIoT which can increase productivity at the risk of cyber security exposure.

Sharul Rashid, Principal Engineer, Instrument and Control, PETRONAS

 

 

The secret is to find the right cyber security solutions and to be able to implement them in time. So those experts, who can deliver these solutions will be key to your success

Zoltan Szekvolgyi, Head of Technology Development, MOL GROUP

 

 

True Cyber Security is coming to protect from newest IIoT vulnerabilities and threats.’ 

Development, Future Andrey Suvorov,  Andrey Suvorov, KASPERSKY LAB 

 

 

There have been interesting recent developments in the standards environment for industrial control systems security, and also technology development that allows operators to be much more proactive in their operational plant security

Laith Amin, Senior Vice President Digital Enterprise, ADVISIAN

Cyber security is undoubtedly one of the most discussed subjects in the oil & gas industry at the moment. With the aim of understanding its role in the industry, and exploring different perspectives on this subject, GBC decided to speak to industry experts and ask for their professional outlook on the matter. Interested how different industry players view cyber security, we spoke to oil & gas operator companies, cyber security vendors and consultancies to see if their perspectives differed.

 

We posed the following questions to oil and gas operating companies, cyber security solution providers and consultancies:

1. Bearing in mind all the recent cyber-attacks and data leaks do you see cyber security as a challenge or even an obstacle to further development and digitalization of this rather conservative industry? 

Firstly, we would like to point out, that, contrary to our expectations, all the respondents shared a very similar outlook on this matter. That is, everyone unanimously agreed, that cyber security is indeed posing a challenge or even a risk to the oil and gas industry, but none of the respondents really see it as an obstacle, per se.

Cybersecurity is a challenge, what we need here is to have the right answers, like anybody else who are playing in our industry. Fortunately, it is not the first challenge in our life, but it is one of the most complicated ones, since the cyber security-related threats are always changing.’ – Zoltan Szekvolgyi, Head of Technology Development, MOL GROUP

It is clear that cyber security presents a significant challenge to digital transformation progress within the industrial plant environment.’ – Laith Amin, Senior Vice President Digital Enterprise, ADVISIAN

Cybersecurity can be a challenge or to further development of IIoT. We have to strike the balance between full force IIoT which can increase productivity at the risk of cybersecurity exposure.’ – Sharul Rashid, Principal Engineer, Instrument and Control, PETRONAS

In my opinion, cybersecurity is a challenge in every digitalization project, but I do not think it will stop the penetration of digital technologies into our sector.’ – Jesus Perraga, Senior Researcher, REPSOL

2. What would be the right approach to overcome industry challenge posed by cyber security?

Nevertheless, when addressed with the next question examining ways of overcoming cyber security challenges, every respondent had their own elaborated approach and vision.

‘Due to high speed of the threats’ evolution, caution is required in digitalization – it is no question. We cannot neglect the risks when forcing yourself to a “trendy way”. Of course, we would like to receive benefits from new technologies such as Cloud, AI, ML, Virtualization, etc. but we have to be patient, we cannot connect to the digitalization highway immediately. So, cybersecurity risks are not obstacles to further development, maximum what they can do is they can only slow down the developments a little bit. It is a challenge for everybody. The secret is to find the right cybersecurity solutions and to be able to implement them in time. So those experts, who can deliver these solutions will be key to your success.’ – Zoltan Szekvolgyi, Head of Technology Development, MOL GROUP

’15 years ago, most people were afraid of purchasing through internet, whereas, nowadays, many people buy mainly through this platform. If we have accepted “risking” our money, I bet that our sector will “risk” its data. It is a matter of survival, the sector will have to adopt new technologies, and cybersecurity issues will be solved with time and investment, like almost everything in this life’ – Jesus Perraga, Senior Researcher, REPSOL

‘All current and future IIoT business and technology initiatives in O&G will still have highest priority as Safety (Incidentless), so every possible attempt to connect new sensor\actuator trough integration layers to cloud applications will depend on trusted data and incidentless operation of new elements (edge devices, PLCs, IIoT gateways). True Cyber Security is coming to protect from newest IIoT vulnerabilities and threats.’ – Andrey Suvorov, Head of Business Development, Future Technologies, KASPERSKY LAB

 ADVISIAN also shared their outlook on cybersecurity, specifically in the downstream sector:

‘Traditionally, the enterprise environment has been adequately served with solutions that help protect systems and communications within the office and management organization. Looking more specifically at the plant, which is an area where digital transformation is currently generating compelling financial returns for operators, we typically see environments where the control and communication systems at the operating technology level are inadequately protected – and the downside risks to an attack here could be catastrophic both financially and also in terms of safety. There have been interesting recent developments in the standards environment for industrial control systems security, and also technology development that allows operators to be much more proactive in their operational plant security. If these new technologies and standards can be embraced by operators, it will avoid the otherwise strong possibility that cyber security issues will frustrate the broader valuable digital transformation that is underway in the plant environment.’ Laith Amin, Senior Vice President Digital Enterprise, ADVISIAN

The conclusion that can be made here is that cyber security should not be seen as an obstacle to digitalization of the oil & gas sector, though it has to be considered as a priority and tackled with the right tools and solutions in place.

This important issue, along with many other aspects of digitalization of the industry, both in the upstream and downstream sectors, will be discussed at our IIoT and Digital Solutions for Oil and Gas conference, which we invite you to join on the 7-8 June in Amsterdam:

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