At least according to analysis from cyber security company Alert Logic. This detail and more is captured in a report just released by the US Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).
According to authors Blake Clayton and Adam Segal:
Cyber attacks on energy companies are increasing in both frequency and sophistication, making them more difficult to detect and defend against. Cyber espionage is being carried out by foreign intelligence and defense agencies, even organized crime or freelance hackers.
Attacks affecting the sector over the past several years including Night Dragon, Stuxnet and Shamoon are all given a nod, as are all the past and present legislative efforts to improve cyber security and information sharing functions. On the international front as well (see: foreign relations).
Nothing new here I think, but this is a good Oil & Gas industry-specific rollup of challenges and potentially mitigating solutions.
Announced on a very high news day it may not get much notice, though I've seen it written up in a number of outlets including Reuters and FoxNews. But timing may be propitious ahead of Department of Energy's efforts to start a cyber security maturity model for Oil & Gas sector shortly. Stay tuned for more on that.
URL for CFR report summary with link to full report (8 pages)
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