Safety and Security

Busting the myth of Bakken crude volatility

As reported recently in The Bakken magazine, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Christopher Hart confirmed on North Dakotan radio something the oil industry has always known: Bakken crude is not any more volatile than other crude oil.

/ October 6, 2015

Cybersecurity – Preventive Maintenance is Essential

If you are reading this on your office computer, your company’s IT system is probably running well. If your refinery has no trouble meeting its daily output, the industrial control system is working well. However, glitches in computer systems can...

/ July 9, 2015

SCADA Systems on the Internet – Risking Security for Convenience

I recently attended the spring conference of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Industrial Control Systems Joint Working Group, which had many presentations on the security of SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems.

/ June 29, 2015

Cybersecurity – The Popular Kid in Washington

You remember them from school – the popular kids. Everyone wanted to be in their circle. Everyone wanted to be associated with them. If you were with the popular kids, you were cool.

/ June 15, 2015