Gregory Hale, ISSSource
To prevent dangerous process incidents from occurring, facilities should employ effective communication, provide workers with appropriate training, and have in place strong and up-to-date policies and procedures. Eleven key principles and best practices are highlighted.
With greater connectivity between operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT), and the rise of the IIoT, can increase and even change the vulnerabilities of oil and gas assets to cyber attack. Companies and standards groups are looking to counter these efforts.
In the oil and gas industry, safety and profitability must be intertwined as today's way of thinking needs to go beyond the conventional and move into the more digital and connected world.
Companies looking to avoid a repeat of the Triton cybersecurity incident in 2017 should follow standards and practices and make cybersecurity part of the whole lifecycle for their process safety systems.
Cyber attacks aimed at electronic systems for communication with customers were a target for multiple oil and gas companies and speak to a larger problem about best practices that affects the entire industry.
Graphics processing units is being used to train deep learning algorithms, it is possible to predict when oil and gas equipment might fail and improve the efficiency and reliability of expensive drilling and refining operations.
A detailed process hazard analysis (PHA) has to examine the human factors involved and identify, evaluate, and control potential hazards to prevent future process valve incidents from occurring.
Process safety incidents can lead to tragic consequences for workers and for innocent bystanders and it is paramount companies work on improving protocols and best practices.
Solutions such as Secure Media Exchange (SMX) are designed to protect facilities against USB threats without the need for procedures or restrictions that impact operations or industrial personnel.
A research report by Ponemon Institute indicates that while oil and gas cybersecurity is strong, the industry is note keeping pace with technology developments and their cyber readiness is not high.