Advancing ICS threats
The surge in ICS security threats against Oil & Gas companies, as experts would conclude, is the result of political conflicts between various nations across the globe. "Over the last year and a half, as tensions have risen around the world, Oil & Gas has become a predominant target," Sergio Caltagirone, Vice President of Threat Intelligence at Dragos, told SearchSecurity.
The report also highlights an Iranian threat group ‘Magnallium’ that was claimed to have launched attacks against US-based targets. "Following recent increasing tensions between the U.S. and Iran, Dragos identified Magnallium activity targeting U.S. government and financial organizations, as well as Oil & Gas companies attempting to gain access to computers at target organizations," the report states.
Top security issues for Oil & Gas
As per researchers, there is presently limited visibility—or observability—into the network ecosystem of the Oil & Gas industry. Understanding the threats and learning how the attacks are executed is critical at this point in time. Attackers’ behaviors and capabilities for targeting oil and gas companies may uncover a few unseen trends and hidden motives behind the attack.