Cybersecurity

Securing Open SCADA Systems for Pipeline Operations

Traditional SCADA systems used pipeline operational control are vulnerable in at least three main areas: operational information, production data and control logic. The more openly this data flows, the more cost-effectively the plant can be run, so there is much to be gained by securing the data exchange.

The Next Generation of Cybersecurity in Oil and Gas

Many oil and gas companies are operating networks of machines, people and applications that are vulnerable to attack. Protecting these systems requires a different IT security model than many other businesses.

Defending Critical Infrastructure from Cyberattacks

Critical infrastructure provides the essential services that society needs to survive – clean drinking water, power to keep homes warm in the winter, transportation to get people and goods to where they need to be. In this world of increased digitization and connectivity, cybersecurity should be of utmost concern.

The Unsinkable: A Look at Blockchain’s Potential and Pitfalls

To effectively exploit blockchain technology, industry participants need to be able to consider not only its promise but also its shortcomings. The authors explore the attributes of blockchain of particular relevance to the natural gas industry.

DOE Offers $25 Million Cybersecurity Grant Following Pipeline Attacks

The U.S. Department of Energy is making $25 million available to enhance cybersecurity in America's energy sector.

Hackers Drawn to Energy Sector’s Lack of Sensors, Controls

HOUSTON (AP) — Oil and gas companies, including some of the most celebrated industry names in the Houston area, are facing increasingly sophisticated hackers seeking to steal trade secrets and disrupt operations, according to a newspaper investigation. A stretch of the Gulf Coast near Houston featu..

Reaping Benefits of Digital Age While Avoiding Cyber Threats

Digitalization is taking businesses into a new era, and the oil and gas industry is by no means an exception. With the focus on cost-cutting, increased efficiencies and improved sustainability, the oil and gas industry is increasingly embracing digital technologies to meet these challenges. By buil..

New Security Solutions Meet Cybersecurity Challenges

While the oil and gas industry has suffered fewer major cybersecurity breaches than other industries to date, many minor incidents have occurred and it’s only a matter of time before a major oil and gas company will appear in the headlines along with companies such as Target. Global consultancy DNV..

Cybersecurity Highest IT Solution Area of Investment for Utilities

Special to Pipeline & Gas Journal Today, even more than in the past, utilities are lamenting the rigidity and costs of running and maintaining their legacy IT solutions, putting CIOs in the spotlight. Utility CIOs are facing significant challenges in determining where to make the most effective bud..

Cybercrime and Utilities: Preparing for Attack

Cyber-crime is one of the biggest threats organizations face. Computers control almost everything we do, from the level of chlorine put into our water to the electricity supply into our town. Hackers are fully aware of this, and they understand if they infiltrate these systems or do anything to jeop..