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Intel Briefing – September 2011

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Half of oil and gas companies have no information security strategy in place.
Only half of oil and gas companies have put in place a strategy to address information security threats, according to a survey of oil and gas IT executives by IDC Energy Insights. The survey of global IT executives also found oil and gas companies still lag behind other industries in formulating, approving, and executing information security policies, as well as getting buy-in from senior management. Of the top three information security threats perceived by oil and gas companies, the greatest is state or industrial espionage, followed by employee error or accidental loss of sensitive information, and vulnerabilities owing to insecure code, the survey noted.

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Ignored water main break infuriates residents.
Residents in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, are upset about a water main break that has reportedly been spewing water for 3 weeks, KFOR 4 Oklahoma City reported July 28. City officials said the leak may look like a lot of water, about 2,000 gallons a day, but it is not when compared to the 190 million gallons a day the city pumps. The leak caused a stream along ditches and roads, infuriating residents. City officials said there is a priority list for what leaks get repaired first and since the leak did not impact property, it is at the bottom.

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Chemical mess left at Kennedy Space Center.
NASA spent decades on sending men to the moon, launching the space shuttles and building a laboratory in space, and now it will take a century to clean up the chemical messes left behind. Plumes of carcinogenic chemicals used in the launching of the space shuttles, Apollo moon shots, and other rockets seeped deep into sandy soils beneath launch pads and other structures at Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Merritt Island, Florida. They form viscous toxic goo that will take $1 billion in cleanup costs agencywide over many decades, and could bog down funding for next-generation spacecraft. NASA estimates it will spend $96 million in the next 30 years at Kennedy Space Center, including $6 million this year. The U.S. Air Force said it will take another $50 million to get the rest of its cleanups at Cape Canaveral under way by 2017.

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Oil spill caused by theft at electrical substation.
A theft at an electrical substation in Surry County, North Carolina, caused a 1,420-gallon oil spill the weekend of July 30 and 31, investigators said. program manager, the person responsible for leading the cleanup. A sheriff said August 1 the incident targeted copper wiring contained within five electrical- distribution transformers at the site that were accessed after a section of a fence was cut. The transformers contained mineral oil, and after their steel covers were removed, the oil was drained to facilitate the wire theft. Electrical transformers are filled with mineral oil to achieve desired electrical and chemical properties. Those targeted in the weekend incident weighed about 300 pounds each.

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