A Holistic Cybersecurity Strategy in Oil & Gas

February 2017, Vol. 244, No. 2

By Leo Simonovich, Director, Global Cyber-Strategy, Siemens AG

More than ever, the oil and gas industry is recognizing the importance of cybersecurity. In fact, cyber-threats have joined HSE and terrorism as a top concern for most oil and gas executives. This greater acknowledgment of the importance of cybersecurity is largely driven by prominent, and costly, cyber-attacks, such as the 2012 incident in Saudi Arabia. The interconnectivity of the digital oil field, with sensitive data flowing freely between industrial and enterprise networks, is a reality the industry now more fully understands. And yet, the need for change to accommodate this reality has not trickled…

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