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Cyber Threats Prompt Fresh Attention to System Security

Cyber Threats Prompt Fresh Attention to System Security

Cyber Threats Prompt Fresh Attention to System Security

Results from the 2016 Strategic Directions: Natural Gas Industry Report survey show that safety is the Number one concern for almost three-quarters of this year’s respondents. This reflects a dramatic departure from merely 10 years ago when security, as a whole, barely ranked in our report’s Top 10 issues ranking, and focused more on terrorism and natural disasters. With safety now playing so heavily on the industry’s collective mind, in what forms are the threats and risks to safety?

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Two such forms are gaining significant mindshare: physical security and cybersecurity. The physical risks are fairly obvious: someone breaks into a facility with the intention of causing damage and disrupting production. But, as the industry’s bold steps toward efficiency and sustainability have increased its reliance on sophisticated technology, this evolution has naturally produced more entry points for mischief within networks.

That explains why cybersecurity is a growing concern; the survey revealed that for oil and gas executives and managers, cybersecurity is starting to register as something that needs to be addressed, with 68 percent of all respondents rating it as “important” or “very important.”

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