The recent re-emergence of the OilRig hacker group following the WannaCry Rasomware attack shows how cybercriminals across the globe are continually developing their strategies and behaviour, to keep up and be ahead of organisations defence strategies. In his recently published article in Oil & Gas Technology magazine, Bomgar’s Stuart Facey discusses how energy organisations can stay one step ahead.

Since its creation in 2015, OilRig has become one of the most active hacking organisations, expanding their geographical range with hundreds of new attacks targeting military, financial and energy companies.

In his piece, Stuart discusses that with the rush to connect devices to achieve the huge benefits and competitive advantages on offer from the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), can mean that security may be overlooked. Businesses must ensure they are not unintentionally creating or opening backdoors to their networks. It is paramount that businesses deploy the correct solutions to prevent these attacks. But they must also integrate regular and up to date security training to educate employees to ensure they are aware of the most recent tactics used to target systems and what they can do to prevent these.

It’s vital that organisations ensure security solutions, workforce readiness and an effective post-hack strategy are implemented and regularly updated. These actions combined can drastically reduce an organisation’s vulnerability and successfully prevent attacks before they happen.

For more information, read the full article in Oli & Gas Technology magazine.