Oil giant BP is currently having a “big internal debate” about how it can lock down personal computers without losing out on flexibility for employees, as a direct result of the increasing threat of cyber attacks.
Outgoing CIO Dana Deasy was speaking at Gartner’s Symposium in Barcelona this week where he said that 40% of worldwide cyber attacks are in the energy sector and that the threat has “quietly been getting worse and worse”.
Deasy said: “Talk about reinventing yourself in real time – you’re moving from a world where you want to keep the bad guys out, to a reality of what happens if they do get in and what’s the game plan?
“You almost have to set your organisation to think about dealing with the art of warfare, because you are dealing in a different world with a different sort of adversary.”
He explained that the threat to BP is “incredibly real” and that it is coming from both organised crime networks, as well as state sponsored attacks. However, it is the latter of the two that is real cause for concern.
“State sponsored attacks are the ones that we are most concerned about, because the nature of them is that they aren’t necessarily about causing you harm today, or even tomorrow, but some day in the future. Or they don’t even want you to know that they are there,” said Deasy.
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