Cyber Security Essentials for Mining & Metals Industry 2 Days

With greater reliance on technology, as well as the volume of information and data being transferred in mining operations, there is an ever increasing risk of exposure to a cyber-attack. However, many companies don’t put enough focus on the importance on securing these networks and communication platforms.

Cyber hacking and breach of information has become one of the biggest concerns to the mining and metals sector.

The last few years has seen an influx in technological advances for the industry, and increasing numbers of key companies are leveraging innovative equipment such as autonomous vehicles and simulation technology to their advantage. However, these advancements have played a role in a noticeable increase in security risks within the industry.

The increasing dependence that mining companies have on technology to perform daily operations has made them far more susceptible to security breaches and loss of valuable information. Criminals understand, and are actively looking for ways to threaten the industry by denying access to data, processes and equipment.

If there’s a message to be learned here it’s that mining companies need to start paying special attention to their data and how it’s protected. Companies need to build their IT systems with a similar attention to detail that they approach their mining operations and infrastructures.

Companies need to understand the value of data, and how the loss of that data would negatively impact their company. The mining industry is renowned for engaging in multi-million dollar tenders. This highly sensitive information is critical during the negotiation stage and a security breach could be severely detrimental to all companies involved. A lot of the contractual information is extremely confidential, so it is imperative that companies heed caution and implement stringent security measures.

Cyber hacking and the breach of information systems security is emerging as one of the top risks to the mining and metals sector. The threats are real and on the rise.

The evolution of technology itself plays critical role in exposing systems in the mining sector. Increasingly, industrial and process control systems communicate with each other and the devices they manage via TCP/IP protocol, the standard communication method of the Internet. In many cases, these systems were never intended to be exposed to the Internet or even corporate IT systems; many have not been hardened against security threats. Investing in developing capacity to defend critical systems and in the prevention of such an attack may be less costly than the downtime, loss of intellectual property and time spent fighting such an attack.

Course Content

Cyber security threats to mining & metal industry

Why mining & metals sectors must care about cyber security

Investigating cyber risks from emerging technologies

Overview of security threats to control systems

People Process Technology Approach to Mitigate Cyber Risks

Planning Effective Security Awareness Programmes

Developing a Defence in Depth System

Risk-based information security management strategy

and more...

1. CEO,CISO, CIO And Members Of Executive Management
2. Board Members
3. All Senior Mining Employees
The objective this course is very crucial as it is planned to help general employees in an organization that everyone has critical responsibility towards cyber security. In addition, the course will help employees and experts tasked in organisations to protect information and information assets in mining and metal sectors.

The course will help organisations in mining and metal sector to understand that they are legitimate targets of cyber-attack in the form of data theft, intellectual property theft and insider sabotage. The attack is perpetrated by adversaries in the form of nation states, organized crime syndicates and hostile non-state actors.
Subsequently effective combating of cyber-crime will ensure internet security for government departments, public utilities, transport operators, communications service providers and financial institutions amid a surge of cyber-attacks.