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Shell Oil Company has partnered with Cisco and Yokogawa Electric Corporation to increase its cybersecurity at plants around the world in an attempt to insulate themselves from “hackers intent on tampering with physical infrastructure.”

Shell plans on launching its comprehensive security program, SecurePlant system, at fifty locations around the world over the next three years. The system “is designed to eliminate the vulnerabilities that often arise when equipment, software and patches vary by location. By protecting plants with a program from a single team of vendors, Shell hopes to standardize security throughout its system and gain the ability to monitor threats in real time.”

Shell’s initiative is expected to be the first of many in the private sector to try and standardize their cybersecurity defenses in the wake of a high profile attacks and fears of possible physical attacks.

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