Covisint, a Compuware Company, to Speak on Steps the Oil and Gas Industry Can Take to Reduce Odds of Cyber Attacks

Examples to Include Night Dragon and WikiLeaks Breaches, Showing the Importance of Managing Identities in the Cloud for Oil and Gas

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DETROIT, April 17, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Covisint, a Compuware (Nasdaq:CPWR) company, announced that its Global Energy Director, Kevin Wagner, will speak at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, April 18, 2012, at Digital Oil Patch 2012. Wagner will detail how oil and gas companies can secure and manage their external identities. Additionally, he will provide industry executives with information they can use to help avoid another Night Dragon- or WikiLeaks-like attack by more effectively managing security information, practices and processes in joint ventures.

The highly-publicized attacks--both a form of cyber espionage--resulted in several gigabytes of highly-sensitive account information and internal documents being exposed globally. Specifically, the Night Dragon attack went unnoticed for more than one year and jeopardized a number of multi-billion-dollar energy deals. In the WikiLeaks attack, sensitive information was stolen by an authorized worker, Private Bradley Manning, who simply downloaded 250,000 pieces of confidential data onto a blank CD disguised as a "Lady Gaga" recording. Both incidents immediately forced organizations in virtually every industry to re-visit how they handle and manage user identities.

Wagner will discuss these highly-publicized security lapses and talk about actions that oil and gas companies can take to more effectively:

  • identify user access rights;
  • monitor usage and flag abuses; and
  • centralize access-granting decisions across extended organizations.

Wagner will also discuss what oil and gas professionals can learn from security lapses that have occurred in other industries.

Said Wagner, "The oil and gas industry has changed dramatically over the past 30 years—from early manual data collections to today's 'connected oilfield' model. Moving forward, it's clear that the industry will become increasingly reliant on technology. With both internal and external users accessing confidential information and systems, there exists the very real threat of someone gaining improper access. Covisint's identity broker model for the energy industry helps to minimize this threat by providing access to only the information needed to complete the required tasks."

Who should attend:

Exploration and production company C-level executives responsible for information and knowledge management, IT, quality control, research and business systems analytics
   
When: 10:30 a.m. EDT, April 18, 2012
   
Where/register: Digital Oil Patch 2012, Monroeville Convention Ctr., Monroeville, Penn.

Covisint enables secure sharing of energy information through a variety of standard and mobile communication devices and among different organizations. This service reduces cost and accelerates information flow and collaboration among people and organizations to complete projects and joint venture assignments.

Covisint, a Compuware Company

Covisint, a Compuware company, enables information ecosystems that quickly revolutionize organizations by providing secure communication and collaboration between people and systems in remarkably simple ways. Covisint is a recognized cloud computing pioneer driving the on-demand revolution that helps organizations connect, communicate and collaborate with their partners--enabling anywhere, anytime information. The Covisint ExchangeLink platform provides industry-specific services for identity management, collaborative portals and data exchange, as well as a third-party application marketplace. Learn more at www.covisint.com.

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