Security Issues

  • Keynote Programme Session: Security Issues in the Digital World


    The rapid ramp up of the flow of digital data from drilling operations will continue as sensors with local digitization and processing continue to be deployed. The consumer Internet of Things (IoT) has driven down the cost of proving local sensor digitization and signal processing which can also be incorporated into short loop process control systems. In addition, consumer IoT has highlighted the problem of emergent vulnerability as weaknesses in embedded software are discovered and exploited.

    This increased connectivity can create a security susceptibility at every individual sensor, within edge process controllers and within data communication and storage systems across companies. Each rig operation involves a significant number of suppliers and contractors, all deploying such systems. Given that a number of these systems are safety critical, it is vital that the industry introduces controls and security barriers to eliminate any weaknesses.

    This session will seek to provide an overview on the current measures in place to control this vulnerability, and to anticipate the changes needed to ensure all future systems are secure.

    Chair: Troy Stewart, Global Service Manager, ABB

    Co-Chair: Dr Simon Bittleston, VP of Research, Schlumberger

  • Format


    Mario Chiock, Schlumberger Fellow for IT Security

    Ben Dickinson, ABB Global Cyber security lead Oil, Gas & Chemicals, ABB

    Ian Henderson, Director IT&S & Digital Security, BP

    Raed Shaikh, Division Head Information Security, Saudi Aramco

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