With technological advances, the mining industry is susceptible to cyber threats and attacks that can cause incredible damage. The GMG/MM-ISAC Cybersecurity Working Group aims to foster awareness, develop a culture of cybersecurity and provide guidance for the global industry.
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE MINING INDUSTRY
As the mining industry acquires more sophisticated and efficient digital technologies, these technologies also create new risks for potential cyber threats and attacks. These include data breaches, system/equipment shutdown and hacking, phishing, infiltration through third-party access and cyber espionage.
Therefore, adopting prudent security measures and implementing an integrated cybersecurity management framework to prevent service disruption and react to threats is essential for any mining organization.
Most of these attacks are targeted to corporations or mid-large size organizations, and can potentially be involved with cyberterrorism and crime-rings. They may result in revenue loss, reputational impact and misuse of classified information.
Therefore, it is critical to build reliable, secure and resilient mining operations, drive convergence between operational technology/information technology (OT/IT) against these threats and drive accountability across the entire value chain.
ABOUT THE WORKING GROUP
The GMG/MM-ISAC Cybersecurity Working Group aims to drive OT/IT convergence for centralized, cost efficient, monitored and safe management in mines. A global network of SMEs, operators, leaders from inside and outside the mining industry and those interested in cybersecurity will collaborate to develop practical runbooks, guidelines and protocols to enable secure and resilient systems and networks. Fostering cybersecurity awareness at all-levels of the industry will be a key effort from this group as well.
The group will work in partnership with the Mining and Metals Information Sharing Analysis Centre (MM-ISAC) to collaborate on and identify existing projects and prevent duplication.
UPCOMING VIRTUAL MEETING. On March 23 at 7pm (EDT) | 7am (AWST)+1, GMG/MM-ISAC Cybersecurity Working Group will gather to share details about upcoming projects, share best practices and set the tone for 2020. To join, click here.