Perspective, predicaments, and protection
Pipelines are the blood vessels that drive the modern economy. They transport energy in the form of oil & gas to consumers and keep the growth engine running. So, any disruptions in their operations are bound to impact the economy. One of the key risks to the pipeline system are cyber-attacks that are becoming increasingly sophisticated. The inherent vulnerability of legacy systems coupled with rapid digitization makes them more prone to such attacks. The huge amount of data associated with the pipeline system is another reason the hackers target this critical infrastructure.
These risks can be minimized with careful planning and risk assessment with:
- System modernization
- Compartmentalizing IT from OT systems
- Strict access control
- Instilling work discipline
A robust business continuity plan will ensure the operations successfully recover in case of disruptions while a secure infrastructure will discourage future cyber-attacks.