of Canadian energy and mining companies were investing in digital technology to create a competitive advantage. KPMG
of mining companies witnessing an increase in the number of disruptive attacks in the previous 12 months. Ernst & Young
of mining companies do not regularly perform patching to their IT or OT systems.
Cyber Risks for Mining
Outdated OTThe mining industry relies headily on Operational Technology (OT) such as automated systems, industrial control systems, and sensor networks. Many OT systems rely on older technology.
Advanced persistent threats (APTs)APTs are targeted and prolonged cyber attacks that are often used to steal sensitive information or disrupt operations.
Data BreachesMining companies hold large amounts of sensitive information, such as geological data, exploration results, and production information. This information can be valuable to competitors and can also be used to commit fraud.
Phishing AttacksThese attacks involve sending fraudulent emails or messages in order to trick the recipient into providing sensitive information, such as login credentials or credit card numbers.
Ransomware AttacksRansomware attacks can disrupt operations and cause significant downtime, which can lead to delays in project timelines and potentially result in financial losses. Ransomware attacks can encrypt data, or affect equipment until the ransom is paid.
Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS)DDoS attacks are used to flood a network, website or online services with traffic, making them unavailable. This could cause the OT systems to become overloaded and unable to function properly, potentially leading to a disruption of operations.
Insurance Cyber Challenges
Legacy systems and equipment
Interconnected systems and supply chains
Remote and dispersed operations
Third-party vendors and partners pose additional risk if not secured
Compliance with regulations
The Importance of Regular Testing
Every successful cyber attack begins with a vulnerability.
Regular testing can find these vulnerabilities before a threat tries to attack. Manual Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Assessments use the same methods as real attackers to determine where your weaknesses currently exist so that you can prioritize remediation efforts.
These proactive efforts can ensure that when the real attackers try to hack you, the digital doors will all be sealed. Learn more here!
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The Nivee External Vulnerability Scan (EVS) is a security assessment using specialized software to scan your company's external-facing systems and networks for potential vulnerabilities. The scan focuses on your company's internet-based services and checks against listed Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE). New vulnerabilities are continually being added to the CVE register and it is very important that businesses ensure their systems stay up-to-date with the relevant CVEs.
Common oversights which lead to successful Cyber Attacks:
- Lack of awareness of CVEs present in their system(s)
- Inadequate frequency of scans performed
- Lack of patching, updating and upgrading
- Constantly changing cyber threat landscape
The Nivee EVS proactively identifies and addresses vulnerabilities in your external-facing systems and networks which are typically the first line of defense against cyber attacks. By conducting regular external vulnerability scans, you can reduce the risk of a successful cyber attack and improve your businesses overall security posture.
Identify VulnerabilitiesIdentify potential vulnerabilities in your company's external-facing networks, and report on patching issues, configuration errors and other common vulnerabilities.
Comply with RegulationsComply with security regulations, such as PCI DSS, HIPPA, and other consumer protection laws.
Out of Date ResourcesOur scans will be able to tell which resources are outdated and contain known vulnerabilities. The scan will outline any updates, upgrades and patching that is required across the environment.
Protect ReputationAn external vulnerability scan can help to prevent cyber security incidents and protect your company's reputation.