How do cyber threats affect petrochemical risk models?
Targeted cyber attacks are increasing, and the attackers’ methods are evolving to evade or circumnavigate existing countermeasures. To explore a threat-led risk model, the key elements must be examined.
The petroleum industry serves a vital role in the global
economy, and, therefore, it must be vigilant on all operational
levels. While increasing energy demand is a stable expectation
for this industry, there are other evolving factors that demand
attention and planning. The role of information technology (IT) has grown in this
sector, as many industrial control systems (ICSs) and
supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems have
adopted traditional IT systems for ease of deployment, control,
communications and maintenance. In addition to the new
benefits, this marriage offers new exposures and risksfor
better or for worse.
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