Strengthening Information Technology Security for the Nation's Energy Infrastructure
Record high prices for crude oil, dwindling fossil fuel reserves, and increasing geopolitical instability in the Middle East have put the spotlight firmly on security in the energy industry. Computer security breaches in energy companies pose a double threat, endangering corporate data privacy as well as the stability of the domestic oil and gas supply and national energy grid infrastructure. One major area of Information Technology (IT) security concern is password protection of energy company systems and applications. With decentralized operations extending to remote oil fields and distant offshore drilling platforms, field personnel at a rig are often casual about sharing passwords, which creates the potential for unauthorized access to applications and sensitive datafiles.