Oil and Gas Networks: Target Rich Environment for Cyber Criminals

March 7, 2018

 

Hardly a day goes by without the announcement of another significant data breach.  What was once a nuisance, oriented around petty theft and vandalism has become an industry in its own right – an industry costing companies billions of dollars a year through extortion, theft, and espionage.  In addition, in recent years a wide variety of hacking tools have been released or made available for purchase.  These tools allow relatively unskilled hackers to simulate the behavior of highly skilled professionals.  In essence, hacking has now become as easy for them as using an App on an iPhone is to the rest of us.  This phenomenon is known as the “democratization of hacking”.  So, in addition to professional criminals and nation states, your network must deal with highly enabled amateurs.  As a result, the number of threats is increasing at a stunning rate.  In contrast, the number of lucrative targets is increasing at a slower rate, meaning the number of hackers per target is increasing.  In other words, if they haven’t gotten around to your network yet they will get to it eventually. Download the whole article.

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