London (PRWEB UK) 4 August 2013
Cyber criminals are increasingly sophisticated, highly organised and constantly inventing ways to bypass traditional defences such as anti-virus and firewalls. With such attacks increasing in frequency and sophistication, oil and gas companies are faced with an urgent need to protect their highly valuable intellectual property and commercially sensitive information. Managing network security and wireless communication systems, as well as defending IT infrastructure from external virus attacks and internal compatibility threats is now a top priority.
With cyber security spending in the oil and gas industry set to reach $1.87 billion by 2018, now has never been a better time to attend SMi's 3rd annual Oil and Gas Cyber Security conference. The two-day programme will build on the success of the 2012 event with keynote sessions provided by an array of senior industry figures from Petroleum Development Oman, GDF Suez, Shell, BP among others discussing recent efforts to step up cyber security protection of highly valuable intellectual property and commercially sensitive information on production, exploration plans and assets.
Speaker Panel includes:
- Fathiya Al Farsi, Head IM&T Risk Management, Petroleum Development Oman
- Phil Jones, Security and Resilience Manager, GDF Suez E&P UK Ltd
- Tim Harwood, Security Capability & Awareness Lead, BP (subject to final confirmation)
- Auke Huistra, Lead Workforce Development PCD IT Security, Shell Projects & Technology
- Annemarie Zielstra, Director, International Relations, Cyber Resilience, TNO
- Dr Gal Luft, Co-Director, Institute for the Analysis of Global Security, Senior Adviser, United States Energy Security Council
- Geir Arild Engh-Hellesvik, Senior Manager, Technology Risk Services, BDO Norway
- Andrea Rigoni, Director General, GCSEC Global Cyber Security Centre
- Edward Hamilton, Head of Threat and Vulnerability Management, PWC
To view the full speaker line-up and conference programme, visit http://www.smi-online.co.uk/2013cyber-security2.asp