At nearly 550 quadrillion BTUs (British Thermal Units) generated by fossil and non-fossil fuels combined and $48 trillion in projected investment need by 2035, the Energy sector is considered strategic in nature, vital for national growth, and plays a significant role in geopolitics and international trade. Many companies in the sector come under purview of critical infrastructure protection and are susceptible to cyber attacks, sabotage and conventional warfare threats.
The Energy sector includes all companies involved in the production, distribution and sale of energy, including oil and gas, electrical power, coal, nuclear power, and renewable energy.
Many core business functions for companies in this sector revolve around processes and activities related to energy source conversion, power generation, or distribution. Although the sector is not as complex in terms of its use and dependency on information technology, it still cannot fully ignore the importance of information security.
Most developed nations have defined country-level cyber-security strategies to protect national critical infrastructure including energy companies vital to national interest. Hackers and organized criminal groups, however, are relentless. They constantly innovate and use new, improvised or advanced techniques to subvert companies’ information security controls, sabotage core operations, and gain sensitive information (e.g. exploration data results, customer contractual agreements, and M&A deals).
Most energy companies share common information security concerns, including:
- Protecting strategic and proprietary data related to core business operations.
- Developing capabilities for effective cyber threat detection.
- Enhancing business continuity, incident response and crisis/emergency response.
- Strengthening security of industrial control systems.
- Establishing strong physical security measures.
- Risk and Compliance Management – We help our Energy sector clients design, develop and manage security programs. Our work includes establishing GRC frameworks, automating frameworks using RSA Archer, managing vendor risks, and achieving compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. Read more
- Identity and Access Management – We assist with formulating identity and access management (IAM) strategies, engineering roles, managing entitlements, implementing access management solutions, and optimizing existing IAM implementations. Read more
- Data Protection – We help identify and classify sensitive data, and protect both unstructured and structured data from theft. We also help them manage leakage incidents. Read more
- Threat Management – We use our Vulnerability Management Lifecycle Framework to help our clients identify and manage threats. We also aid in assessing and mitigating Advanced Persistent Threats and evaluating people behavior risks using our Phishnix solution. Read more
- Security Intelligence – We work with our clients to provide actionable intelligence to support security decisions. We do this by collating, analyzing, correlating, and visualizing security events and logs from diverse IT systems and applications. Read more
We help our Energy sector clients protect their data, manage security incidents and vulnerabilities, and implement information security risk and compliance programs effectively.
- Our integrated governance, risk and compliance (GRC) management approach allows our customers to build a system that integrates all the compliance requirements, which helps minimize audit fatigue.
- We help our customers through the journey of industry-specific regulatory compliance by assessing the readiness levels and helping in the readiness efforts. Our Compliance Manager solution helps our customers automate self-assessments.
- One of our specialties is IT GRC automation consulting using RSA Archer eGRC Suite. We support our customers through blueprinting, deploying, and integrating the solution with processes and systems, and then managing it.
- Strategy and design – We evaluate our client’s needs quite thoroughly using executive workshops and field assessments. Then we provide a detailed strategy and roadmap for implementing enterprise-wide IAM initiatives. We also assist with business case analysis, technology evaluation, and solution architecture.
- Role engineering and entitlement management – We help our customers define roles in detail and manage entitlements, ensuring that employees have only the access required to do their job effectively and only for as long as necessary. Policy-based dynamic controls allow for automating who can have access to what, at what time, and in what context.
- Access management – We implement complete solutions for enterprise access management, including web access management, single sign on, and converged access control.
- Sustenance and optimization – Identity access management is never static, and an energy company’s system needs to evolve. As an end-to-end solution provider, Aujas’ support is available to sustain and optimize IAM solutions through enhancements and upgrades.
- Establishing a data protection framework and strategy to govern the management of sensitive data including business strategies, plans, M&A agreements, contractual or service agreements, exploration data, and geological surveys, and more.
- Conducting data flow assessments (DFA) to identify where and how sensitive data is stored, used and transferred. We also conduct data leakage risk assessments (DLRA) to identify breach vectors and the risk of potential breaches.
- Integrating popular data protection technologies such as data leakage prevention (DLP), database activity monitoring (DAM), information rights management (IRM), data encryption, and tokenization and masking/redaction technologies.
- Monitoring the data protection technologies to identify potential data breach incidents, manage consequences, improve effectiveness by fine-tuning rule bases, and moving rules to active protection from passive monitoring.
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- We help our clients design, develop and manage vulnerability management programs that leverage threat intelligence to anticipate and proactively mitigate vulnerabilities.
- We assess the infrastructure, application and mobile application security by conducting vulnerability assessment, penetration testing and code reviews. We don’t stop at scanning technology; we also mitigate the risks found.
- We support our customers to mitigate advanced persistent threats through our APT risk mitigation services.
- We understand that today’s attacks can exploit human weakness. We offer human behavior evaluation with our cloud-based Phishnix. This tool not only assesses how susceptible people are to phishing, it trains them to avoid attacks.
It can be difficult, however, for companies to know how to use the technologies effectively. Aujas helps our energy sector clients get the most out of their investments:
- We help our customers establish a more responsive incident management program by incorporating proactive and reactive processes. We enable our customers to define Indicators of Compromise (IoC), work with threat intelligence, and use it with their threat management program.
- We use our Correlation Library to provide an accelerated rules deployment for various SIEM/SA/SI technology providers.
- We help security leaders see through the reporting fog and focus on critical issues with our analytics and visualizations solution.
- We design custom SIEM/SA solutions that go beyond traditional security event analytics, and integrate analysis and correlation capabilities to solve other issues such as identity fraud.
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Information Security Incident Management Framework for Large Oil & Gas Client
Many industries depend on technology for managing critical information and operations and providing better user service and experience. As a result, companies who embrace technology have increasingly become the target for various hackers and organized crime groups. Information security incidents are increasing, especially those that involve data leakage or the compromise of sensitive business or customer information. Reputation damage, legal actions, and fines or compensation payouts are among the consequences victimized companies face.Download case study