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IADC Cybersecurity Committee Updates

The IADC Cybersecurity Committee ended 2018 on a high note with a well-attended third annual cybersecurity workshop sponsored by BP in December. The workshop served as a forum for drillers, operators, and the service sector to discuss potential cyber-attack on both land and offshore drilling assets, and to discuss how to protect, detect and respond to the cyber-attacks.

The workshop was organized as a red team and blue team interactive exercise where participants were divided into groups to collaborate on: (1) tabletop execution of cyber-attacks (act as the attacker) and (2) develop response actions (act as the responder). Some of the groups focused on land rigs, while other groups focused on offshore rigs.

Cyberattacks have the potential to devastate entire companies, thus, cybersecurity has quickly become a major corporate concern. IADC has actively pursued the development of cybersecurity solutions and guidelines as they relate to drilling assets for nearly five years. The Association has focused on developing best practices based on existing standards to assist drilling companies as they build cybersecurity into industrial control systems (ICS) and operational technology (OT) systems across the industry value chain.

The Cybersecurity Committee will host its next meeting on February 14th. For more information about the committee, please visit the IADC website.


The Cybersecurity Committee hosted a workshop on 13 December at BP’s offices in Houston. The planning committee included (from Left to Right): Ben Ramduny, Seadrill; Juan Negrete, Rowan; Nathan Singleton, H&P; Melissa Mejias, IADC; Michael Edwards, BP; Brittani Enget, BP; and Matthew Romero, ABS Consulting