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Canada's Oil Giant Suncor Hit By Cyberattack: Widespread Outages Reported – How BlastWave's BlastShield Can Protect Your Industrial Assets

Canada's Oil Giant Suncor Hit By Cyberattack: Widespread Outages Reported – How BlastWave's BlastShield Can Protect Your Industrial Assets

The Evolving Cybersecurity Threat Landscape in the Oil & Gas Industry

In the ever-connected world of industrial processes, the threat landscape is constantly evolving. A recent cyberattack on Canadian oil giant Suncor reminds us of the growing and incessant cyber threats facing the oil and gas industry.

On June 26, 2023, Jonathan Greig at Recorded Future News, reported that Suncor confirmed that a cyberattack had led to widespread outages, disrupting services throughout the weekend. Customers began reporting problems accessing the app and website for Petro-Canada, a gas station chain owned by Suncor. In the face of a cash-only policy in numerous stations, frustration bubbled among consumers, who turned to social media to express their concerns.

The Rising Tide of Cyberattacks on Critical Infrastructure

Such cyberattacks are becoming a recurring theme in the oil and gas sector. In 2021, the Colonial pipeline attack crippled a 5000 mile pipeline impacting the entire eastern seaboard of the United States, which spurred a White House-led initiative to address cybersecurity deficiencies across critical industries. Cybersecurity firm Dragos recorded at least 21 ransomware attacks on oil and gas companies in 2022 alone, underscoring the urgency for effective solutions.

The Need for Proactive Cybersecurity in OT

Suncor's recent cyberattack calls attention to an essential lesson: it's not just about reacting to threats but proactively preventing them. It emphasizes the need for comprehensive, robust, and agile cybersecurity solutions that go beyond traditional defenses. With the increase of sophisticated cyberattacks, companies need a preventative approach to ensure business continuity and protect customer trust.

This is where BlastWave comes into the picture. We understand the unique cybersecurity requirements of industrial systems and have designed BlastShield, an OT cybersecurity solution that prevents attacks before they happen.

BlastShield: Your Guard Against Cyber Threats

BlastShield is not just another security tool; it's a comprehensive solution that fortifies your systems against advanced threats. It provides secure remote access, enables network segmentation, and cloaks your devices, thus creating a software-defined perimeter that is vendor, protocol, and network agnostic. Its underlying architecture is based on an approach that has never been successfully attacked by any adversary.

Make Your ICS Invisible and Save Up to 70% on Cybersecurity Costs with BlastShield

Our phishing-resistant multi-factor authentication prevents unauthorized access, and built-in micro-segmentation ensures your devices remain undiscoverable to threat actors. With AES-256 encryption, we prevent lateral movement, man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks, and malware delivery, thus safeguarding your critical systems.

As we witness more cyberattacks on critical infrastructure like oil and gas, there's an urgency to strengthen cybersecurity. BlastShield not only meets this need but also simplifies the management of OT security, reducing costs by up to 70%, making it a cost-effective solution for companies seeking robust cybersecurity.

Take the First Step with a BlastShield Free Trial

In response to the growing threats faced by the oil and gas industry, we're offering a free trial of BlastShield. It's time to experience first-hand the power of preventative cybersecurity and fortify your defenses. 

Don't wait for a cyberattack to disrupt your operations. Establish a proactive cybersecurity posture - ensure availability and make your critical assets invisible with BlastShield. 

Sign up for the free trial at https://www.blastwave.com/free-trial and make your oil & gas operations undiscoverable to both internal and external attackers.

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