Hudson Cybertec executes cyber security study for oil platform in Barents Sea

Hudson Cybertec, global Subject Matter Expert on cyber security for Industrial Automation & Control Systems (IACS), has been awarded the assignment to execute a Cyber Security Study for the yet to build Johan Castberg platform. Aker Solutions, a global provider of products, systems and services for the oil & gas industry, awarded the contract to Hudson Cybertec.

Hudson Cybertec verwerft opdracht voor cybersecurity studie voor olieplatform in Barentszee
                            Photo: Statoil

Johan Castberg

The Johan Castberg oil field is located in the Barents Sea, with a water depth of 360 – 390 meters. It is the biggest find in the Norwegian part of the Barents Sea. To extract the oil, a floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) will be developed, for production and storage of oil. The topside of the FPSO will be developed by Aker Solutions. At the seabed, subsea templates will be placed. Through these templates, oil will be extracted from the wells and stored in the FPSO.

Johan Castberg is a large subsea field and key to possible further development and infrastructure in the Barents Sea. The volume of het Johan Castberg field is estimated at 400 to 650 million barrels.

Cybersecurity study

For this project, Hudson Cybertec will execute a cyber security study on the design of the Industrial Automation & Control Systems (IACS) environment. Part thereof is a Risk & Vulnerability Analysis. During the security assessment, cyber security risks and vulnerabilities are identified, so they can be mitigated. For this, the IEC 62443 standard is used as a guideline.

Hudson Cybertec is globally involved as expert in cyber security projects where the IEC 62443 standard is used. This standard was specifically developed for cyber security of IACS environments and is the international de facto standard. It offers handles for improving the digital security and safety of the IACS environments of complex installations.

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Monitoring your OT environment is essential. You know what is happening on your network and see to what extent you are compliant with various cyber security standards and laws and regulations.

IEC 62443 Standard

The IEC 62443 standard offers your organization tools to improve the digital security and safety of your IACS environment. Implementation of the standard improves the cybersecurity level of your organization's OT / ICS / SCADA environment.

The IEC 62443 is the international cybersecurity standards framework for operational technology (OT). The framework consists of a collection of standards, technical reports and related information for securing Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS).

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Hudson Cybertec’s IEC 62443 Competence Center has extensive experience with this standard. We play an active role in the development of the standard, actively promote it internationally and have developed a training program around the IEC 62443.

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It is becoming increasingly important for organizations to be able to demonstrate that the digital security of the OT environment is in accordance with standards frameworks. It is therefore possible to certify (parts of) your IACS environment according to IEC 62443.

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If you want to know more about this standard and need training on how to apply it within your own organization or at your clients, Hudson Cybertec has a number of very interesting training courses for you.

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The IEC 62443 standard provides organizations with tools to improve the digital security and safety of OT / ICS / SCADA environments.

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