Siemens’ analysis finds that three current terrestrial wireless technologies – WiMAX, WiFi/WLAN and 3G cellular – can meet the requirements of oil and gas industry production facilities with high levels of security while also offering much greater operating visibility, control, efficiency and profitability. Protiviti experts, however, say otherwise. Advanced wireless technologies alone will not be sufficient to provide the level of cybersecurity protection oil and gas operators need throughout their production systems. To the extent that much of the industry still relies on older-tech industrial controls in offshore systems, the improved security of advanced wireless systems can be undermined.
In this article, Danny Rudloff and Cal Slemp subject matter experts from Protiviti advise oil and gas producers of the actions they should