In recent years we have clearly seen a steady increase in the number of black hat hacker attacks on various targets. For example, a common target of hacker attacks are the companies that offer Financial Services in one way or another. The goal here is as simple as it is devious: steal the personal information of users and profit from it. Of course, some hacker are bolder and try to deeply infiltrate the infrastructure of the company so that it may find out important information about the organization itself. Also, recently we have witnessed attacks targeting national assets especially in Asia. There is no doubt here that this is an upward trend and that hackers are working around the clock to come up with more complex and sophisticated ways of infiltrating the infrastructures of large companies. Furthermore, the state of today’s world economy only serves to boost hacker’s determination of finding new successful ways to get rich over night.
Until now, we can say that Oil and Gas companies have been the least targeted by cyber crime attacks but because oil’s value is practically sky-rocketing nowadays it is safe to say that we can expect a relatively high number of malicious attacks targeting the top oil production companies. There is no point in explaining how much damage can a successful attack against an oil company do when converted into money. Because precaution is always better then dealing with the damage done, the SMi Group will organize this November an international conference under the name of the Oil and Gas Cyber Security Forum in an effort to uncover and resolve all the potential virtual security weakness of large oil producers. As you can expect from an event of this magnitude, the Oil and Gas Cyber Security Forum will bring together Information Technology Security professionals, Security Team leaders and the best data protection connoisseurs to analyze all the cyber protection challenges that the energy sector has to deal with and also to try and find the best solutions for dealing with them.
The event will take place between the 21st and 22nd of November 2011 in the capital of the United Kingdom, London and will have the renowned Copthorne Tara Hotel as its venue. Here is a list of the most important topics of debate during the Oil and Gas Cyber Security Forum:
- The latest breakthroughs in cyber security mechanisms presented by the Department of Homeland Security
- How to identify and analyze the newest and more serious virtual security threats and also recognizing the latest hacking trends
- Proper understanding of the potential damage done by a successful cyber attack
- Learn how to fend off hacker attacks directly from Saudi Aramco
- What can be learned from Stuxnet
- How to properly implement and use supervisory control and data acquisition ( SCADA ) security methodologies
- A live demonstration meant to showcase most of the hacking as well as the cyber security protection techniques discussed