Cyberattacks Are Becoming A Greater Challenge For The Energy Industry

In a world increasingly connected by technology, we’re seeing more reports of cyberattacks on oil and gas and other energy-related industries as the number of entry points for hackers increases. Indeed, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently reported that Russian hackers had made it into the control rooms of U.S. electric utilities, gaining access to potentially cause harm to U.S. critical infrastructure.

Attacks like those and the recent shutdowns of U.S. natural gas pipelines ring alarm bells for all critical infrastructure industries, especially as they were foreshadowed by the 2017 NotPetya and CrashOverride/Industroyer malware attacks, compromising electric power grids in the Ukraine. Possible motives of those attacks included geopolitical tensions, and to demonstrate one nation’s ability to disrupt another by shutting down operations and damaging physical equipment.