Oil, Gas Looks to Hire More Cybersecurity Professionals to Address Risks

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Oil and gas companies are looking to hire more cybersecurity professionals to address the growing risks that cyberattacks pose to the industry.

Oil and gas companies are looking to hire more cybersecurity professionals as recent advances in oil and gas technology, which have created greater efficiency and reliability, also raise the industry’s risk from cyberattacks.

As it becomes more lucrative and high-profile, the oil and gas industry has become more of a target for cyberattacks.

“Oil and gas is holding the economy together in a lot of ways, and one of the few sectors not struggling, said Chad Pinson, managing director at global investigations, intelligence and risk management firm, Stroz Friedberg.

Pinson said Stroz Friedberg sees more of its clients talking with the company about cybersecurity on ways they can bolster their cybersecurity preparedness.

The hiring trend is not surprising, given the growing stakes and damage that can be caused by both sophisticated and unsophisticated attackers, Pinson noted.

“While the level of sophistication for cyberattackers has grown, even an unsophisticated hacker can download a tool and do pretty good damage.”

Steve Senterfit, vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton’s commercial energy business, said the firm is seeing increased hiring activity of cyber intelligence and cyber professionals in the oil and gas industry across all levels, from junior level workers to more senior level individuals. Of the 200 cyberattacks against all critical infrastructure to which Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team responded, 53 percent were related to the energy sector, the highest percent for any industrial sector, according to a report released last year.


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Karen Boman has more than 10 years of experience covering the upstream oil and gas sector. Email Karen at kboman@rigzone.com


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