(PR Web Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) London (PRWEB UK) 4 November 2013
Cyber security incidents worldwide are increasing daily and one of the most vulnerable sectors is oil and gas where over 2 million threats of varying complexity are experienced weekly. Cyber criminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated, highly organised and constantly inventing ways to bypass traditional defences such as anti-virus and firewalls. With such attacks increasing in frequency and sophistication, oil and gas companies are faced with an urgent need to protect their highly valuable intellectual property and commercially sensitive information.
Against this backdrop, oil and gas companies now are heavily investing in establishing the most comprehensive security systems for their assets and digital infrastructures, with spending set to reach $1.87 billion by 2018. Managing security of networks and wireless communication systems, as well as defending IT infrastructure from external virus attacks and internal compatibility threats, is a top priority.
SMi's 3rd annual Oil and Gas Cyber Security conference, taking place on 25-26 November in London, will address the most pressing cyber security issues facing the oil and gas sector with key presentations delivered by senior industry figures from Maersk Oil, Petroleum Development Oman, GDF Suez, AirWatch among others.
The two-day programme will build on the success of the 2012 event and discuss recent efforts to bolster protection of highly valuable intellectual property and commercially sensitive information on production, exploration plans and assets. “Oil and Gas Cyber Security is an excellent opportunity for us to network with key players in the industry and share mobile technology best practices,” says Ian Evans, managing director for AirWatch EMEA. “We are undoubtedly witnessing a fundamental change in the way organisations think about mobile security and AirWatch is proud to showcase the latest enterprise mobility management solutions.”
Speaker Panel Includes:
• Claudio Lo Cicero, Head of Global Information Security, Maersk Oil
• Fathiya Al Farsi, Head, IM&T Risk Management, Petroleum Development Oman
• Phil Jones, Security and Resilience Manager, GDF Suez
• Dave Renwick, Director of Innovation, EMEA, AirWatch
• Annemarie Zielstra, Director International Relations Cyber Resilience, TNO
• Auke Huistra, Project manager National Roadmap to Secure Process Control Systems and Lead Workforce Development Thematic Group ICS and Smart Grids, ERNCIP
• Geir Arild Engh-Hellesvik, Senior Manager, Technology Risk Services, BDO Norway
• Andrea Rigoni, Director General, GCSEC Global Cyber Security Center
• Edward Hamilton, Head of Threat and Vulnerability Management, PricewaterhouseCoopers
To view the full speaker line-up and complete two-day programme, visit http://www.smi-online.co.uk/2013cyber-security88.asp.