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June 25, 2015

Survey claims 86% energy professionals confident about cyber crime detection within a week

Approximately 86% of energy professionals are confident about detecting cyber attacks on critical systems in less than a week, according to a recent survey by US based software firm Tripware.

By Shreosree Banerjee

Approximately 86% of energy professionals are confident about detecting cyber attacks on critical systems in less than a week, according to a recent survey by US based software firm Tripware.

The study was conducted through Dimensional Research. It polled the opinions of more than 400 executives and IT professionals in the energy, oil, gas and utility industries to assess their views on cyber security and compliance initiatives.

Respondents from all the sectors were found to be highly confident about their organisations’ capabilities, with 49% claiming that they can detect a cyber attack on critical system within 24 hours.

Executives from the energy sector were found to have highest confidence, with 61% of the respondents saying their organisation can detect such attacks in less than 24 hours.

"Executives from the energy sector were found to have highest confidence."

Tripwire business and corporate development vice-president Rekha Shenoy said: "Cyber security in the energy industry is focused on protecting the availability and reliability of the critical infrastructure on which our nation relies."

According to Shenoy, energy firms are aware of cyber security risks and have been investing to reduce those.

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The firms are, however, underestimating the ‘sophistication, persistence and evasive technology’ of the cyber attackers, she said.

As well as highlighting the misplaced trust of the energy security professionals, the survey also indicated that 94% among them agree to being a target for such cyber crimes.

While merely 3% said that it would take more than a month to detect an attack on their firm’s cyber system, 83% believed that such attacks can physically damage their infrastructure.

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