Secure Cloud Strategy
for Oil and Gas Digital Transformation
Over the last several years, the oil and gas industry has been dealing with uncertainty due to
fluctuations in price levels and market conditions. After hitting historic lows in 2020, oil and gas
prices have seen a significant increase driven by two main factors:
Strong consumer demand
following the global recovery
from the COVID-19 pandemic
More recently, global
market volatility due to
the Russia-Ukraine conflict
In addition, the increased focus on sustainability has put more pressure on companies to adopt
new practices, with the aim of reducing emissions and minimizing the environmental footprint
of oil and gas operations.
The resulting challenges to the oil and gas industry are pushing companies to accelerate digital
transformation initiatives aimed at improving operational efficiency and productivity through
Oil and gas digital transformation challenges
One of the main inhibitors for digital transformation in the oil and gas industry is the distributed
nature of operations. Oil and gas activities are often spread out geographically, with:
Upstream oil and
gas exploration and
in remote locations
Midstream oil and
gas transportation and
processing taking place
in urban centers
Downstream oil and gas
marketing and distribution
happening in both rural
and urban areas
Consequently, oil and gas companies often have silos of operations that inhibit their ability to share
knowledge and expertise, with each using its own practices, systems, and applications.
Legacy systems are another driver for oil and gas digital transformation. Many oil and gas companies
have been using the same systems for decades, which can make it difficult to integrate new technologies.
These legacy systems are often inflexible and aren’t designed for the modern world, which makes it hard
to respond to changing needs and demands.
Cloud is essential for breaking down information silos
The siloed nature of oil and gas operations has led
to inefficiencies and lost opportunities. Nevertheless,
the cost and effort involved in replacing legacy
systems that run mission-critical processes has
created resistance to change, which has kept oil
and gas companies from modernizing their
However, driven by technological breakthroughs
and increased competition between technology
suppliers, the cost of digitalization has dropped
considerably in recent years.
This trend, coupled
with growing market pressures, has spurred oil
and gas companies to embark on large scale
digital transformation initiatives. While the major public cloud providers offer robust security capabilities, the shared responsibility model requires customers to protect their own data and applications in the cloud. However, defining appropriate access policies and controls to protect sensitive data is a challenging task.
One of the primary goals of oil and gas digital
transformation is to break down information silos
and implement new solutions that support the
integration and analysis of data from existing
systems, and real-time data obtained from mobile devices, sensors, drones and more. This new model of
operation enables oil and gas companies to improve and speed up decision-making, reduce operational
costs, and establish a more flexible and resilient technology environment that supports innovation at scale.
Defining a cloud strategy is crucial for implementing an agile IT environment along these lines, as it essentially
serves as a central location to collect and process data previously dispersed across various geolocations
and systems. By integrating and analyzing data from an ever-growing number and variety of sources, oil
and gas companies can gain insights that were previously impossible to obtain. This is transforming the
way companies operate, from exploration and production to distribution and marketing.
The cloud is also enabling new business models, such as predictive maintenance and asset tracking. In
addition, public cloud services enable oil and gas companies to gain access to innovative technologies
such as big data analytics, AI/ML, IoT and others.
Oil and gas cloud security challenges
The oil and gas industry is expanding
its use of cloud infrastructure to
support a growing number of
business-critical applications and
services. However, this expanded
use of the cloud has also introduced
new security challenges, particularly
around visibility and control over
access to critical systems and data.
Traditional security solutions are
often unable to keep pace with the
dynamic nature of cloud environments,
resulting in a lack of visibility into what
is happening across an organization’s
cloud infrastructure. This can make
it difficult to detect and respond to
Additionally, the growing
number of IoT devices and machines that are required to interact with each other in oil and gas operations
is introducing new complexity, creating more opportunities for bad actors to gain access to sensitive data.
To address these challenges, companies need to adopt a least privileged approach that provides granular
control over access to sensitive data and systems.
This can help to reduce the attack surface, and improve
detection and response times. In addition, companies should consider investing in cloud security technologies
that provide visibility and control over activity in the cloud. By taking these steps, oil and gas companies can
better protect their cloud infrastructure from sophisticated attacks.
Oil and gas cloud security challenges
Implementing an effective least privileged
approach across an increasingly dynamic
and complex cloud infrastructure is a
Many organizations struggle to find an effective
way to manage access and protect sensitive
data in the cloud.
There’s a gap between identity
and access management (IAM) solutions and
information-centric security solutions, such as
data loss prevention (DLP). IAM solutions are
designed to manage access to resources, while
DLP solutions are designed to protect data
These two solutions often don’t work together very well, resulting in a fragmented security strategy that’s
not very effective. In increasingly complex and dynamic cloud environments, this lack of alignment
prevents companies from having a comprehensive, unified view into their cloud security posture.
An integrated approach that combines identity- and information-centric solutions is critical for securing
access to cloud infrastructure resources based on a least privileged approach. When these two solutions
are combined, they provide a holistic and contextual view that can be used to identify, prioritize, and
mitigate risks in a much more accurate and timely manner
Solvo’s adaptive cloud infrastructure security
Solvo’s approach to cloud security
enables enterprises to digitally
transform and grow their
business in a secure manner.
Solvo enables security teams,
developers and other stakeholders
to automatically uncover, prioritize,
mitigate, and remediate cloud
infrastructure access risks. Using
monitoring and analysis of
infrastructure resources, application
and user behavior, and the data
associated with them, Solvo enables
enterprises to implement adaptive
least privilege access policies and
controls at scale
Solvo automatically creates
least privilege access policies
based on the level of risk associated
with entities and data in the cloud. Solvo helps CISOs identify and prioritize risks, and proactively mitigate
cloud misconfigurations and vulnerabilities while facilitating collaboration between security, DevOps and
engineering teams. Using Solvo, enterprises can reduce their cloud attack surface, simplify compliance,
and grow their business in a secure manner.
By breaking down application, identity, and data silos, Solvo offers a first-of-its-kind application and data-aware
cloud infrastructure security platform designed for the scale and speed of cloud-native environments.
Solvo’s unique platform gets to work right away in three distinct stages:
Digital transformation is essential for oil and gas
companies to remain competitive in times of
growing economic and geopolitical uncertainty.
However, as oil and gas companies speed up
their adoption of cloud infrastructure services to
support new innovation-driven growth strategies,
they are exposed to new security threats.
As a critical component of a nation’s infrastructure,
the oil and gas industry is a prime target for
cyberattacks. Businesses in this field hold sensitive
data that can be used to blackmail or extort
individuals or governments, and they also control
critical infrastructure that could be used to cause
widespread damage. As a result, oil and gas
companies must be vigilant in their cybersecurity
efforts in order to protect themselves from these
To accelerate their cloud-led digital transformation
securely, oil and gas companies must implement
strong identity and access management protocols
to protect their cloud infrastructure. By using Solvo’s
adaptive cloud security platform, oil and gas
companies can pursue an integrated strategy
that combines identity- and information-centric
solutions for a more comprehensive approach that
integrates contextual factors pertaining to users,
data, applications and systems.
Sign up today for an up-close demo of what Solvo can do to help you take care of cloud security – and start getting all your teams on the same page.
Comprehensive visibility into your cloud infrastructure inventory
Create customized, automatically updated least privileged access policies based on the level of risk associated with entities, resources, applications and data in the cloud
Proactively monitor, identify, prioritize and remediate the most critical risks to your cloud infrastructure
Minimize cloud security alert fatigue and false positives
Reduce your cloud attack surface to innovate and grow your business in a secure manner
Create stronger alignment and improved collaboration between security, DevOps and engineering teams