Jobs Set to Grow in Oil, Gas: Cybersecurity
The increasing use of the Internet of Things and Big Data in oil and gas is bound to lead to further concerns about cybersecurity among companies that operate in the sector. Indeed, it is a problem that already plagues the industry. Several organizations focused on cybersecurity see the energy industry as being especially susceptible to cyberattacks.
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) frequently highlights the energy sector as being the target of cybersecurity incidents. In 2015, DHS reported that of the 245 incidents reported to it by asset owners and industrial organizations during the previous year, 79 of these, about 32%, were reported by the energy sector. Another report, Trend Micro’s Report on Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure in the Americas, which was based on a survey conducted in 2015 of companies and government bodies in the Americas, found that 47% of energy organizations had experienced cyberattacks that attempted to delete or destroy their information.
DHS identifies the cyberthreat coming from what it calls “sophisticated actors” (code for state-sponsored hacking) as well as hacktivists, insiders, and criminals.
The oil and gas industry itself appears to be concerned about the threat. Ernst & Young stated in 2015 that 61% of oil and gas organizations surveyed believed they would be unlikely to be able to detect a sophisticated cyberattack. Only 13% thought that their information security function met their organizational needs.