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Exxon Mobil CEO zeroes in on risk
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2013 02:50:16 -0500 (CDT)


By Zain Shauk
April 4, 2013

Exxon Mobil Corp. is targeting employee habits in its effort to improve computer security, which has become “extraordinarily important” to preventing disasters and safety risks, CEO Rex Tillerson said.

In an exclusive interview with FuelFix, Tillerson said the company is educating its employees on safe computer behavior, just as it has done for its physical operations.

Computers controlling massive oil company systems, including those on offshore rigs, have been targeted by online attacks and are especially vulnerable to infection with malicious software that could disrupt operations and potentially lead to a major disaster, the Chronicle reported recently.

Many problems that could lead to infections, however, result from imprudent actions from workers who interact with critical systems.

“At the end, it all comes back to people, regardless of how great the technology is and regardless of how much the technology enables us to do things without the human hand maybe touching as much,” Tillerson said.


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