February 2020

Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity visibility and resilience: Keys to protecting HSE/margins in operations

As digitalization accelerates in today’s downstream refining and petrochemical facilities, operators need to stay ahead of ever-growing cyber vulnerabilities in the operational technology (OT) layer—prime targets for threat actors—that may not be covered by traditional IT safeguards. Unfortunately, too often, that is not the case for a variety of reasons.

Garibi, C., Siemens Oil and Gas

As digitalization accelerates in today’s downstream refining and petrochemical facilities, operators need to stay ahead of ever-growing cyber vulnerabilities in the operational technology (OT) layer—prime targets for threat actors—that may not be covered by traditional IT safeguards. Unfortunately, too often, that is not the case for a variety of reasons. The situation is a good news/bad news story. Let us start with the good news. The downstream industry segments are rapidly digitalizing, with a significant number of operators seeing improvements in their capital efficiencies and operating margins as a result of their digital investments. In fact, according to a joint study,1 oil and gas

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