Protect your company’s information

07.10.2014

As the subsea and offshore oil and gas industry is moving north, automation will become even more relevant to sector. Together with the need for increased productivity, this has driven the technological development of automation within the oil and gas industry and a demand for security in automation systems.

The National Security Authority Norway (NSM) reached the headlines earlier this year with their warning about “Hackers Launch All-Out Assault on Norway’s Oil and Gas Industry”, showing the need for putting information security high on the agenda.

–  When technology and operations are changing, safety needs to be maintained. The risk of having someone from the outside taking control of your system or stealing your information needs to be minimised. That is what we help clients to address, says Bjørn Axel Gran, R&D Manager in Safetec and specialist engineer within ICT risk and dependability.

IEC61511 is a technical standard that sets out practices in the engineering of systems to ensure the reliability of an industrial process using automation. The title of the standard is “Functional safety – Safety instrumented systems for the process industry sector”.

–  The IEC61511 exceeds existing standards of automatic production and control systems. Today, security analysis is no explicit requirement to compliance, but in the future processing industries both on- and offshore will have to conduct such analysis, Gran ends.

At the Norwegian Society of Automatic Control (NFA) Conference on October 15, Bjørn Axel Gran will explain how IEC61511 will affect processing industries on- and offshore and elaborate on the roles people have in keeping systems at low risk.

 

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