Cyber security – Oil and Gas industries

This paper  related to cyber security oil and gas industries, is available as a part of the Abhisam Industrial Cybersecurity report, which can be downloaded from here. Author: H Sreedhar. Recent History of Automation in Oil & Gas   The Oil and Gas industry (O & G for short) has been a pioneer in embracing digital technology. It was one of the first industrial sectors to transition to Distributed Control Systems(DCS), from analog electronic control equipment and pneumatic instruments. This transition started in a big way, about 35 years ago, when DCS were a “hi-tech” thing.   O & G is still a tech pioneer, in the era of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial IoT. It quickly embraced concepts like the Digital Oilfield. However, this has led to newer problems related to security. The development of digital control systems and the networking, particularly with the internet, has led to increased …

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ICS Security training course gets advanced module

Abhisam is pleased to announce that the popular ICS security training course, which is available as an e-course online, will now have an advanced module that can be accessed by all current learners and GOLD members. This will have many sub modules such as concepts of Kill Chains, the MITRE ATT&CK framework for ICS, Honeypots for Industrial Automation and Control systems and more. Cybersecurity is a growing concern for all companies and organizations worldwide. However not many people are aware that IT security and OT Security are two different disciplines. IT security is what is done to make business IT systems secure (think banks, credit card unions or travel portals). OT stands for Operations Technology. Hence OT security refers to those systems that are used in manufacturing plants, storage terminals and similar to control processes and keep them safe. OT systems are primarily Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS for …

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New Whitepaper on Industrial Control System cyber security- defeat Stuxnet and Irongate

June 7, 2016– Abhisam has published a new white paper on Industrial Cybersecurity titled “How to detect Stuxnet like malware in your Control System”. Stuxnet was the world’s most infamous malware that was apparently used to damage nuclear plant equipment at Iran’s Natanz facility, by unknown actors. This malware did damage to a lot of critical equipment in that facility. It did not just stay inside Natanz however, it spread everywhere, not only in Iran at other facilities, but also was found on many other Siemens make systems in Asia, Europe and elsewhere. After being discovered, security software researchers analyzed it, guessed its objectives and revealed their findings online. They also put the code online (presumably for other security researchers to analyze and take steps to harden other control systems). Now that the Stuxnet code was there in the open, cyber security and cyberwar experts were warning us about copycat …

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