Security options for the digital oil field
The future is digital
Exploring the options for the 21st century North Sea
Information Technology (IT) has always been a key component of the upstream oil and gas business, however, the upstream oil and gas industry is under continuing pressure to reduce costs, increase productivity and ensure efficient use of resources, particularly skilled human resources. To this end, companies have been focusing on core business activities, developing production capacity to match demand and using technology as a business enabler. There are therefore clear business drivers for better utilising IT to provide accurate and real time reporting, system monitoring, audio and video collaboration tools and more reliable and safer operational systems in their upstream businesses.
As the oil industry becomes more reliant on technology to support key operations on the Digital Oil Field, there is a critical need to maintain a safe, robust and secure environment. With increased threats from unstable geopolitics, terrorism and environmentalism through to hackers, viruses and worms, the industry recognises that something proactive must be done to manage risks associated with confidentiality, integrity and availability of information systems, which are increasingly at the heart of their business.
Deloitte has found that when asked what critical technology assets an oil and gas company has, many respond by giving high priority to their process control systems. The reason for this is that the impact, if such systems are compromised, are significant as they may lead to loss of production and producing assets, reputational damage, financial loss, and may result in injury or loss of life. This is both true of the Exploration and Production (E&P) part of the industry and the downstream sector.
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