Oil & Gas

Leading oil and gas companies are experiencing increasing negative consequences as a result of the loss of important information, which can be the result of negligence on the part of staff or targeted attacks. These pose threats to a company’s material and non-material assets.

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InfoWatch Solutions for Common Problems Faced by Oil and Gas Companies, and the Results Obtained by Introducing Them

By using InfoWatch solutions, companies will obtain:

  • a package for monitoring information assets, allowing them to effectively identify and reliably manage sensitive information at all stages of its storage, processing and transmission;
  • an assessment of existing and potential vulnerabilities in their IT infrastructure;
  • assistance with incidents involving leaks of confidential information (intellectual property, personal data, plans, reports, etc.);
  • an analysis of their business processes to determine the primary cause of data losses at the process level;
  • a regular report for the company’s management on the current status of content paths for data transmission within the corporate network and detailed recommendations to improve the level of protection for information assets.

Protection from Industrial Espionage and Competitive Intelligence

As one of the most high-tech sectors, manufacturing is more vulnerable to forms of unfair competition such as industrial espionage. In their attempts to gain access to a company’s technology secrets, competitors more often than not resort to ‘assistance’ from company employees, forcing them to pass on information containing commercial, official or other closely guarded secrets. The incentive to work for a competitor is usually financial compensation or blackmail.

It has become possible to prevent such leaks through using InfoWatch products, which are capable of recording attempts by employees to forward secret documents outside the organization, as well as to identify the activities of those conducting industrial espionage.

Effective Automation

Managers in today’s oil and gas sector have fundamentally changed their approach to information technology in recent years. IT is no longer considered as a secondary tool, but is recognized as a strategic resource, which is enormously helpful in resolving current business issues with the help of the latest software products.

Unfortunately, not everyone is prepared for rapid change. The planned optimization of business processes is heavily complicated by relics of the past in the form of ‘patchwork’ automation, which has been developed over the years and is still retained in many companies today. In some companies, there are several dozen uncoordinated, ‘homegrown’ systems. It has become clear that this situation not only hinders planned development, but also seriously threatens to undermine the business.

InfoWatch solutions enable you to audit the code in business applications and the modifications that have been made to them, to identify vulnerabilities and undocumented capabilities, and thus prevent unsanctioned access to data and information leaks. Together with our partners, InfoWatch can conduct an expert assessment of the company’s information security and determine the level of compliance with regulatory requirements, and also propose effective measures to protect the company’s information assets.

Monitoring Distributed Subsidiaries

A characteristic of the oil and gas industry is the dispersal of technical operations such as drilling, production, distribution, transport and processing, and the fact that management offices are located a long distance from this infrastructure. Along with ensuring control over each operation in the production cycle, there must be a distributed system for managing information security at facilities, emanating from one or several management centers.

InfoWatch solutions are capable of managing this challenge and perform well in oil and gas companies thanks to a specialized deployment system that is optimized for working with branch structures.

InfoWatch solutions help you to create effective business processes and integrated information security systems in almost all areas of your business. By using tools to analyze how well data and the channels over which it is transmitted are secured, it is possible to obtain an exhaustive picture of information flows within an organization’s business processes and to identify secondary ways of forwarding confidential information and prevent access by

Why is this Important?

Equipment problems threaten to stop the production process and pollute the environment, which results in losses amounting to millions and a growing public outcry. Leaks of intellectual property lead to loss of profit and reduced competitiveness.

The current level of technological development means that companies can explore and develop areas that were previously impossible to exploit. However, due to limiting factors of a political nature and competition over confirmed reserves, companies in the oil and gas sector often experience more difficulties in managing risks than in other industries. In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of cases of espionage, where the intent is to collect competitors’ confidential information about exploitation, design and financing for oil and gas deposits.