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{SD:UK} provides the O&G industry with advanced threat intelligence to help
manage security risks and protect against cyberattacks

  • Cyber Risk Assessments
  • Vulnerability Analysis
  • Information Assurance

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If it were measured as a country, then cybercrime would be the world’s third largest economy after the U.S. and China

*Cybersecurity Ventures

{Complete Cyber Protection}

We help customers achieve an effective on-premises, hybrid, or multi-regional cloud cyber-secure environment by utilizing and implementing an array of military-grade technologies. We follow the best in industry standards when securing our clients and their data.

The first step is to perform a complete cyber risk assessment and gain insight into the business’s cybersecurity posture, appetite, and tolerances.

Secondly, we perform a technical analysis of your digital platforms by completing the relevant vulnerability analysis; this will give the customer a window into what a potential bad actor could see on his first pass of your network.

Finally, we apply the best-suited framework to provide the risk recipe and apply the technologies needed to keep your cyber business security in today’s world.

{Our services}

{SD:UK} is actively working with Government, Industry and Certification Bodies to raise awareness of the importance of cybersecurity at all levels of business. Data protection and GDPR are a high priority for all forms of business and we provide a simple process to help you achieve your required level of accreditation.

Cyber Risk Assessments

A cybersecurity risk assessment will help organisations understand, control, and then mitigate risks. Risk assessments have been around for a long time and are the industry standard in understanding what threat your business faces. Whether one likes it or not, if one works in the information security sector, they are in the risk management business.

As organisations rely more on information technology and information systems to conduct business, the digital risk landscape expands needlessly, exposing the ecosystems to new and critical vulnerabilities. We will help you and your company identify those risk factors, assist and plan your risk recipe and help you implement your risk reduction program.

Vulnerability Analysis

A vulnerability assessment is a detailed process of defining, identifying, classifying, and then prioritising vulnerabilities in information technology systems. It also includes applications and network infrastructures. Vulnerability assessments also provide the organisation being assessed with the knowledge, awareness, and risk foundation to understand and react to the threats of its environment.

We will perform a vulnerability assessment on your infrastructure and identify the immediate vulnerabilities that could be visible to a threat actor. We will then initiate a mitigation program to resolve those vulnerabilities and reduce the risk of your network being attacked and compromised.

Information Assurance

Information assurance is the method of assuring information and managing the risks associated with the usage, processing, storage, and transmission of data. Information assurance includes protecting the confidentiality, integrity, availability, authenticity, non-repudiation of user data.

We at SD:UK will then use a combination of a risk assessment coupled with a vulnerability assessment and then recommend the best framework based on the results that suit your business. We recommend either cyber essentials, cyber essentials plus or IASME Governance and GDPR. We are also happy to assist and process your ISO 27001 and ISO 9001 certifications, this will depend on your requirements.

{Understanding Cyber Risks within the O&G Industry}

The oil and gas industry has embraced digitalisation and modernisation in recent years, and is making strides to catch up with other critical market sectors. With an historic attitude of “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it”, it has been forced to increase efficiency since the recent price drops of 2008, 2014 and most recently the drastic drop after the COVID pandemic.

The fast pace of change due to the industries need to catch up has meant that, in many cases, the digitalisation efforts have outpaced the deployment of adequate cyber security initiatives.

It has become clear that oil and gas executives understand that major cyber-attacks are not one off, rare events that affect the industry. Criminal elements are consistently testing the defences of oil and gas companies and attempting to hack operational technology (OT) and information technology systems (IT).

{FREE SD:UK Cyber Security Scan}

Our comprehensive offering starts with a free, no obligations, SD:UK Vulnerability Test.

This report will highlight any potential weakness in your cyber security posture and will be provided within 24 hours. Our scheduled follow up call will run through the results to address any identified issues and answer your questions.

{What are the challenges facing the O&G industry?}

Key cyber security issues facing the Oil and Gas Sector include Supply Chain and critical infrastructure security, data leaks through internal or external hacking as well as challenges in maintaining an effective team to manage risk. There is currently a major shortage in skilled workers (an estimated 4 million in a field that only employs around 2.8 million) meaning that finding the right workers can be difficult and expensive.

In oil and gas, and energy in general, infrastructure cyber security can be broken down into OT and IT. A high-level overview of the differences in the risk of attack can be noted as follows –

  • If IT infrastructure is attacked, no one is ever physically injured.
  • If an oil and gas companies OT infrastructure is compromised, the health and safety of operations, and therefore workers, can be at great risk.
  • In essence, an IT systems breach can cost in dollars, and an OT breach can cost in lives

{What do we offer?}

At SD:UK, we offer comprehensive IoT, OT and IT cybersecurity solutions, Cyber as a Service, Cyber Essentials certification and cybersecurity consulting. Our team of in house experts and external resources (skilled SMEs and companies from our certified network) are on hand to work with you to identify any potential weaknesses in your architecture and develop a tailored strategy to meet your goals.

“Oil and gas companies are waking up to the fact that it is only a matter of time before they suffer an attack that successfully breaches their defences. Cyber security in this domain is becoming the industry hot topic and having a breach response plan, as well as industry leading cyber defences, is becoming standard.”

{Why is Cyber Security important?}

It is estimated that Damages resulting from cybercrime will cost the global economy more than $6 trillion by the end of 2021, and recent PWC survey of 3000 businesses from 80 countries indicated that at least half companies are ill equipped to handle cyber-attacks.

The UK Government is pushing industry to ensure they are no vulnerable to attack, and is leading the way with Cyber Essentials Accreditation and initiatives including the recent 25 billion GBP cyber security boost for the Armed Services. According to recent studies, Manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, oil & gas government, and financial service are the topmost industries targeted by cybercriminals. However, any organisation can be targeted and we offer a number of options to reflect this. A recent SD:UK survey of oil and gas clients found that the threat of cyber attack is at the top of the agenda for operators and service companies alike. Companies are looking to get certified with industry recognised accreditation to not only protect themselves, but also provide confidence to existing and potential customers.

“A data breach can destroy the reputation of any business.  Protecting your company against the threat of cyber attack is paramount for customer confidence”

Key Benefits to Cyber
Essentials Accreditation

  • Helps you to guard your organisation against cyber-attack
  • Demonstrates your commitment to cyber security
  • Gives confidence to existing and potential customers that their date and IP is safe
  • Gives you a clear picture of your organisation’s cyber security level
  • Government contracts require Cyber Essentials accreditation

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{Frequently Asked Questions}

Provided below is an FAQ to help you understand our Cyber Security services in more detail. If your question is not covered please feel free to contact us.

All new certificates issued by IASME will be valid for one year.

The cost of Cyber Essentials (verified self-assessment) is £300 +VAT.

The cost of a Cyber Essentials Plus assessment will depend on the size and complexity of your network. Please contact us with any questions, and we will provide advice and guidance.

Yes, organisations abroad can get certificates.

No, you can go for Cyber Essentials Plus without obtaining the first level of Cyber Essentials. Your Certification Body will work with you to complete the Cyber Essentials questionnaire and verify compliance as part the process of achieving Cyber Essentials Plus.

A board member from the organisation signs a declaration to confirm that the assessment answers are true. A qualified assessor who works for a Certification Body then evaluates the responses.

If you pass you receive a certificate.

If you fail, you will receive feedback so you know which areas need to be addressed should you either want to re-apply for Cyber Essentials certification or take the opportunity to improve your cyber security. Please contact us with any questions you may have.

It could take anywhere between 1 week and 3 months, depending on the maturity of the business, we will endeavour to help you and make that process as easy as possible.

Some Government contracts may require one to be Cyber Essentials certified or to be able to demonstrate that you have the technical controls are in place. In the first instance, please confirm with the Government department what their expectations are in relation to Cyber Essentials. Requirements and exemptions may vary between department, so it is important that you are able to gain clarification for each contract in advance.

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