Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) networks control our most critical infrastructures. Power generation and distribution, industrial manufacturing, chemical refineries, oil rigs, large communication systems – any plant that relies on automation utilizes some sort of SCADA network.
As the oil and gas industry continues to utilize automation and Internet of Things technology, the number of cyber attacks, including Ransomware, are expected to keep rising, putting organizations at greater risk. Potential data theft or disruption of operations could lead to a crisis impacting systems, employees, or even the environment and oil and gas organizations need to have the processes in place to protect against these threats.
Recently, Rigzone interviewed Thanh Nguyen, Accudata Data Center Practice Manager, on the enhanced threat of ransomware on cybersecurity for oil and gas organizations.
During the interview, Nguyen shared that Accudata helps oil and gas customers establish strong backup data to recover from a ransomware attack. Nguyen and his team conduct audits for customers surrounding their data and typically find that multiple people have access to various systems and it’s not organized, which can open up opportunities for ransomware attacks.
To help protect from these attacks, Accudata’s IT consultants help clients classify their data, identify what data is sensitive and accessible and understand who should have access to it. Once backups are in place and data is classified, then companies can start to put monitoring controls in place.
To learn more, read the full article on this topic from Rigzone. We can also work with your organization to ensure your data is secure. For more information about our Vulnerability Assessment services or to schedule a complimentary consultation, contact us today.