Oil, Gas Industry Info Sharing Center

Monday, June 30, 2014 @ 06:06 PM gHale

The oil and gas industry launched its own Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC).

The Oil and Natural Gas ISAC (OSN-ISAC) comes on the heels of other industries starting up intelligence gathering portals.

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ISACs provide an official mechanism for sharing information about the latest malware and cybercrime activity spotted targeting specific industries and others. They also include databases of those threats and vulnerabilities for their members. There are 16 ISACs to date for specific industries, including electricity and water. The goal is to help the industries better team up in the face of cybercrime and cyber espionage.

Microsoft kicked off its own attack-sharing platform, Interflow, for Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) partners and incident responders. Interflow works off Microsoft’s Azure cloud service and automates the exchange of threat intelligence and attack information.

Last year, the Department of Homeland Security’s ICS-CERT said it worked on 256 security events in critical infrastructure environments, 60 percent of which were in the energy sector.

“Cyber-based attacks are one of the fastest-growing threats to America’s infrastructure,” said David Frazier, chairman of the ONG-ISAC. “ONG-ISAC will help our industry to quickly identify and respond to threats against refineries, pipelines, and other distribution systems that serve U.S. consumers and businesses. It also will provide industry participants a secure way to share information and stay connected with law enforcement agencies.”

ONG-ISAC said it will not only provide a secure portal for participants to share information, but will also share with other ISACs and help coordinate industry-wide responses to attacks.

Click here to go to the ONG-ISAC site.

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