68% of Oil and Gas Organizations Have Suffered a Digital Attack, Reveals Report

A new report reveals that 68 percent of oil and gas organizations have experienced at least one digital attack.

In the Siemens-sponsored The State of Cybersecurity in the Oil & Gas Industry: United States (PDF), Ponemeon Institute surveyed 377 individuals based in the United States who are responsible for overseeing digital risk to their organization’s operational technology (OT) systems. Two-thirds of those heads of industrial control systems (ICS) and other managers said their companies have benefited from digitalization. But not without a cost.

8 percent of respondents stated their organization has experienced at least one digital attack, with many directors saying their enterprise doesn’t have a strategy OT digital risk. Indeed, only two-fifths of participants said their organization continually monitors infrastructure to prioritize and respond to threats. Without continuous monitoring, it’s no wonder a majority of ICS heads (61 percent) claimed their organization’s OT security measures were inadequate.

Some companies recognized the benefit of implementing different types of security technologies to try to fill that strategic gap. But many organizations haven’t followed through and deployed those solutions.

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