Mining companies make substantial investments in exploration and extraction research and development. But they are at risk from cyber attack by protest groups aiming to cause disruption and reputational damage; by criminals seeking to gain commercial advantage; and by those aiming to exploit investments in a particular country or region.
The industry is increasingly investing in advanced internet and wireless technology which means that it is at greater risk of, and exposure to, cyber-attacks.
With operations around the world, mining companies have vulnerable IT estates to defend. But cyber criminals are increasingly sophisticated, highly organised and constantly inventing ways to bypass traditional defences such as firewalls. As a result, a new approach is needed.
A truly global industry, mining and resources is distinguished by the unique demands made of it. Maintaining and improving security assurance and risk management is a very difficult task; especially when confronted by wide geographic distribution, transparency of management information requirements, the requirement for 24-hour operations across time zones and countries, fluctuating commodity prices, and consolidation and concentration of ownership.
The protection of company and customer data, the assessment of cyber and email risks and threats, security of specific industry control systems, and business continuity planning are but a few of the key information security issues impacting the industry currently. It's a complex task that requires an in-depth understanding of the industry, and the expertise to deliver key services and advice to clients in this sector.
BAE Systems Detica has been delivering information security solutions to leading energy and resources clients for an extended period. We have engaged with some of Australia's - and the world's - largest resources companies. Our work has been critical in establishing benchmark risk management frameworks in a highly competitive sector.
To find out more about our services in the mining and resources sector, contact us at email@example.com or on 1300 027 001.
With operations around the world, mining companies have vulnerable IT estates to defend
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