Prevent Pipeline Disruptions
The oil and gas industry faces two major challenges when it comes to cybersecurity; protecting Operational Technology (OT) networks to prevent disruptions and outages and securely sharing data to monitor upstream, midstream, and downstream operations. Previous methods of securing OT networks, like relying on software-based firewalls, no longer suffice as threats like ransomware rise and become more sophisticated. While complete isolation of OT networks provides the highest level of security, it prevents the ability to get critical network data to those that need it. The only solution for truly protecting oil and gas OT networks and enabling secure data mobility is by implementing hardware-enforced data diode cybersecurity.
Securely Transfer Data To Those Who Need It
Hardware-enforced data diodes provide oil and gas organizations with a secure way to transfer critical data one-way out of OT networks to destinations like IT networks, historians, SIEM platforms, or the cloud, without introducing risk to OT networks. Owl data diodes are comprised of two communication cards that work as a pair. The first card is the “send” card and only has electronic components that allow it to send data one-way, with no ability to receive. The second card, the “receive” card, only has electronic components that allow it to receive data. This architecture only allows data to flow in one direction and it physically cannot travel the other way. Because a data diode is only physically capable of sending data one-way, a data diode creates a physical barrier or “air gap” between an OT network and a destination. This prevents data leakage, eliminates the threat of malware, and fully protects the sending network from external threats through the data diode’s network path.
Common Oil & Gas Use Cases
Data from oil and gas OT networks needs to be shared with others to monitor operational and performance data, as well as analyze potential threat patterns to prevent cyber-attacks on OT networks. Oil and gas organizations typically want to share data one-way from OT networks to IT networks, historians, SIEM platforms, or the cloud via commonly-used industrial protocols. Owl data diodes support multiple data streams and protocols simultaneously on one device. Some commonly-used protocols in the oil and gas industry include OPC, Modbus, Syslog, and MQTT.
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