Program Hosted by CPA Firm Hupp, Bauer, Hanson & Lewis
The oil & gas sector is one of the latest industries to step into hackers’ crosshairs, becoming a valuable target for those who wish to exploit industrial control systems. As the industry adopts new technologies into their operations —SCADA, data analytics, smart sensors — to gain efficiencies and improve processes, it will become increasingly vulnerable.
Hupp, Bauer, Hanson & Lewis — a Wichita Falls, TX-based accounting firm — responded to the growing threat by hosting a cybersecurity workshop for its energy clients. The three-hour workshop — led by cybersecurity expert and DKBinnovative CEO Keith Barthold — was attended by the leadership, accounting professionals, and IT departments of several oil and gas companies.
“I commend Hupp, Bauer, Hanson & Lewis for their proactive approach to educating clients about cybersecurity,” said Barthold. “The energy industry is coming under attack more and more frequently as recent incidents show and education is key for building proper IT infrastructure and processes to ward off threats.”
In February of 2020 the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency responded to an attack on a natural gas compression facility, where a hacker used a Spearphishing Link to gain access to its IT and OT networks and deploy ransomware on both systems. The facility did not have robust segmentation between IT and OT networks and their emergency response plan did not specifically address cyberattacks. Operations were shut down for two days.
The workshop covered the opportunities and threats of technology today, organizational attitudes that hackers manipulate (ignorance, fear, ambivalence), the anatomy of an effective cyber-defense program, compliance vs. security, cyber insurance 101, password protection tips, and the dark web. All attendees participated in a hands-on exercise about threat mapping.
“We are pleased to provide such an educational program for our clients,” said Craig Lewis, a tax and audit principal at Hupp, Bauer, Hanson & Lewis. “Keith opened our eyes to the number and complexity of cyberattacks and, more importantly, gave us actionable steps for preventing such attacks.”
DKBinnovative’s cybersecurity experts conduct outside workshops to inform organizations that they don’t have to feel victimized by the growing threats from hackers today. By implementing the right infrastructure and process based on IT industry best practices, companies can be confident and well-equipped to address cyberthreats.