ADIPEC to provide solutions for cyber crime in oil and gas

ADIPEC Security in Energy ConferenceWith oil and gas being a prime target for cyber criminals in recent days, Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) 2017 aims to focus on strategies to mitigate cyber crime risks and deploy defence mechanisms to protect critical industry systems and infrastructure

Co-located within the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC), Security in Energy recognises the increasingly critical importance of IT systems to oil and gas operations, and follows two major ransom ware attacks in the first half of 2017.

According to analysis by Kaspersky Labs, three business sectors accounted for around 80 per cent of targets, with oil and gas being accounted for around 25 per cent, a close second to the finance sector and just ahead of manufacturing.

“Cybercrime is a serious problem for any business, but recent incidents raise concerns that oil and gas companies will be high-priority targets for attacks,” said Christopher Hudson, president for Global Energy at dmg events, which organises ADIPEC in partnership with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).

“The Security in Energy conference provides a robust discussion specific to the needs of this industry, helping companies ensure that strong defences are in place,” said the organiser.

ADIPEC’s Security in Energy Conference aims to deliver the latest market intelligence in energy security protocols, and places a spotlight on the innovations, security practices and crisis planning within the industry.

The sessions are expected to cover important topics in cyber security, including ransom ware, the internet of things (IoT), the convergence of operating technology and IT, security and compliance risks in cloud computing, risk management for supply chain and business continuity and the use of big data and analytics.

The conference programme is planned to offer immediate relevance to oil and gas. It will host discussion of threats to critical infrastructure, where attacks could cause widespread operational disruption and safety risks.

In addition to it, the conference will also provide insights into and front-line protection strategies, whether for new system or by retrofitting of existing industrial control systems to build secure and resilient operations.

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