Oil and Gas Cybersecurity: Trends & Response to Survey

Trend Micro conducted a study on the state of industrial cybersecurity in the oil and gas, manufacturing, and electricity/energy industries in 2022. Based on the results of a survey of over 900 ICS business and security leaders in the United States, Germany, and Japan, they discuss the characteristics of each industry, the motivations and environmental factors that will drive future cybersecurity improvements. Trend Micro will also introduce proposals based on the current state of the industry. This time the researchers will focus on the Oil & Gas industry.

News of the cyber attack on the US Colonial Pipeline in May 2021 has had a major impact on the oil and gas utilities industry. The IT accounting system was forced to shut down their OT system. This six-day suspension of pipelines disrupted the lives of citizens. In response to this incident, the government proceeded with the development of laws one after another and established new evaluation criteria for security management systems. There is a similar movement in Europe, and there is a lot of discussion in Japan about the next cybersecurity strategy, including the protection of critical infrastructure.

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Source: Trend Micro