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F-Secure report highlights the woeful state of insecurity in the energy industry

April 16, 2019 / MATTHEW HUGHES

It is the most important industry in the world. Energy. We need it. Without it, nothing works. Without the oil producers and refiners, there’s no petrol to fuel our cars. Without power plans and the supporting infrastructure, there’s no electricity to keep the lights on. Without natural gas pipelines, there’s nothing to heat our homes with. Put simply, energy is foundational to our entire economy. It’s for that reason, and that reason alone, why it presents such a tempting target for hackers. And troublingly, according to a damning report from F-Secure, The State of the Station, companies working in the energy industry are failing to properly protect themselves from attackers. Two certainties in life, geopolitics and taxes. The report points out that when it comes to security in the energy industry, there’s no smoke without fire. Incidents tend to coincide with external factors, be they the price of oil, or specific geopolitical trends.