Critical infrastructures, whether civilian or military, are the target of 30 percent of terrorist attacks, according to a study by the market intelligence firm Visiongain.
Given the threat of organized crime, extremist groups or the risk arising from the increasing interconnection of critical systems, governments are increasing public spending on security to shield and strengthen this type of facility. It is estimated that this start will grow 6.2 percent per year until 2020 and, together, countries will have allocated to it 38,000 million dollars between 2010 and 2020. The oil and gas sector is often one of the objectives of terrorism, crime organized and cyber-attacks. Added to this is the fact that the new extraction techniques are allowing to increase world production - sometimes in environments where the political risk is greater - and that the assets are scattered, which hinders their protection and, above all, also puts workers in the spotlight. In Algeria, the assailants of a gas plant, in January 2013, took civilians and employees hostage. The theft of oil for sale on the black market does not It only reduces income to the operator, but it can cause environmental catastrophes.
In addition to the physical risks, the industry is also the target of cyber-attacks to take control of the systems that monitor the essential components of An infrastructure such as valves or pumps. When it comes to protecting an oil and gas installation it is vital to ensure the continuity of the business and that, should something happen, operators react with a rapid and coordinated response. With this objective, Thales offers an integrated approach in Defense facilities to minimize the impact of operations Asymmetrical in air, naval and terrestrial bases, and in civil facilities such as transport networks, prisons or ministries. The aim is to contain and respond to attacks in order to control the identity of personnel and access to centers, and to favor coordination in the management of a crisis. Outstanding among its solutions is an advanced data encryption technology that elevates Reliability in surveillance and control tasks, such as Thales Hypervisor, designed to monitor the operations of complex installations or multiple locations.
This system, which offers multi-point visualization and real-time video and data management, has been designed to extract large amounts of information and alarm data, vital for security teams to evaluate the situation and make decisions. In the area of cybersecurity, most attacks are aimed at stealing information. In 80 percent of cases, incidents can be avoided through simple security measures, for example, with data encryption or not storing sensitive information. To combat organizations that launch increasingly sophisticated offensives, many companies are turning to external providers that allow them to develop enough muscle to contain and prevent cyber-attacks. In your case, Thales has a range of solutions for cloud computing, protected hosting and information outsourcing to maximize the performance of critical information systems. These security measures are already implemented in the Yamal Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) megaproject on the Russian peninsula of the same name. It contemplates an investment of 27,000 million dollars and plans to start operating in 2017, with an annual production of 16.5 million Of tons of LNG. To protect the installation, and considering factors such as location, climatic conditions, logistics and transport, an integrated security system has been designed that ranges from telephony and data network, to perimeter protection, the closed circuit Television, the telecommunications management system and satellite communication, among others.