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Sep
30

Oil and Gas Industry Joins Forces in Fight Against Cybercrime

From: Scandinavian Oil Gas

Cybercrimes cost energy and utilities companies an average of USD 12.8 million each year in lost business and damaged equipment.* Platform operators need confidence that countermeasures can deal with bigger and more sophisticated cyber-attacks. DNV GL is now collaborating with Shell, Statoil, Lundin, Siemens, Honeywell, ABB, Emerson and Kongsberg Maritime to develop best practice in addressing this threat. Other companies are still welcome to join.

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To address these challenges, DNV GL has established a Joint Industry Project (JIP) together with Shell, Statoil, Lundin, Siemens, Honeywell, ABB, Emerson and Kongsberg Maritime. In addition, the Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority will take part as an observer. The JIP will produce a guideline for protecting oil and gas installations against cyber-security threats. The IEC 62443 standard will be used, but will be tailored to the oil and gas industry. The standard defines what to do, while the guideline will describe how. The JIP will result in:

  • ·      Reduced risk of cyber-security incidents.
  • ·      Cost-savings for operators by reducing the resources needed to define requirements and follow up.
  • ·      Cost-savings for contractors and vendors based on identical requirements from operators.
  • ·      Simplified audits for authorities and auditors due to common requirements and common conformance claims.

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