In the last decade market and cost pressures have driven significant technological advances in automation and industrial connectivity across all aspects of petroleum extraction, pipeline transport and refining. While technological advances are delivering business benefits, systems are now exposed to more cyber risks than ever before.
Yet, according to a 2017 survey by the Ponemon Institute, the deployment of cyber security measures in the oil and gas industry isn’t keeping pace with the growth of digitalization in operations.
One way to overcome the ICS cyber security gap is to utilize next generation technology that leverages machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to deal with system complexity and deliver immediate benefits. Let’s take a look at two examples of how a passive ICS anomaly detection and monitoring solution secures pipeline networks.
Government, industry, system integrators and automation vendors all know that industrial cyber security needs to be improved. Yet, all too often both enterprise and industrial networks are still managed without a coherent security strategy. What’s the reason? First and foremost, there is a lack of industrial security expertise in the workforce. Secondly, up to now, technologies have focused on modularized solutions for either the enterprise network or the industrial environment, without paying attention to the integration between the two. The good news is that a new generation of solution helps overcome both the skills shortage and the IT/OT divide.
A recently released study by the Ponemon Institute finds that 61% of oil and gas operators in the U.S. indicate that their organization’s ICS protection and security is inadequate. While the implementation of digitally connected industrial components is delivering business benefits, it has significantly increased cyber risk. Yet only 41% of companies continually monitor OT infrastructure to prioritize cyber threats and attacks.
At the recent ARC Forum in Orlando, the automation community met to discuss pressing issues for the future. Cyber security was on top of the list of topics, with a full track led by ARC’s lead industrial security analyst Sid Snitkin. He led a panel that addressed an important new tool: ICS anomaly and breach detection solutions. Let’s look at the four critical capabilities ARC identified for these products, and how Nozomi Networks’ technology addresses them.
Date: Nov 16, 2016 By: Heather MacKenzie
There is positive momentum in the field of industrial cyber security and an exciting aspect of it is the energy that a new generation of ICS security expert / entrepreneur is bringing to the field. An example is Andrea Carcano, the co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Nozomi Networks. Find out how the technology he pioneered is making a difference in ICS security and reliability.