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Cyber-security initiative launched in US to protect vulnerable oil and gas data

01st July 2014

The American Petroleum Institute (API) has expressed its support for the new Oil and Natural Gas Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ONG-ISAC), which will help protect infrastructure from cyber-attacks

Cyber-security initiative launched in US to protect vulnerable oil and gas data
The oil and natural gas industry faces unique challenges with the increasingly interconnected delivery of services to a common consumer and supplier base

“The centre builds on existing programmes to help companies quickly identify and respond to threats against energy production and distribution systems such as refineries and pipelines and stay connected with law enforcement agencies,” said API vice-president Kyle Isakower.

As cyber threats evolve, the oil and natural gas industry faces unique challenges with the increasingly interconnected delivery of services to a common consumer and supplier base.

An industry-owned and operated organisation, the ONG-ISAC will be structured similar to other industry ISACs in order to:

  • Allow participants to submit incidents either anonymously or with attribution via a secure web portal
  • Circulate information on threats and vulnerabilities among ONG-ISAC members, other ISACs, vendors, and the U.S. government
  • Provide industry participants with access to cyber security experts
  • Alert participants of cyber threats deemed ‘Urgent’ or ‘Elevated’ in near real-time
  • Coordinate industry-wide responses to computer-based attacks

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the ONG-ISAC will serve as a central hub for the rapid collection and distribution of intelligence on cyber threats against US energy networks.

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