Data security is a real concern for consumers and industry alike. Data breaches at major retailers have exposed the risks of data theft. For oilfield operators, the other risk is loss of equipment control. In December news came out about a data breach at German steel mill. The illegal entry caused an unscheduled shutdown of a blast furnace, resulting in significant damage.
So the question is, how secure is your well?
Operators are now commonly making their well data available for remote access by pumpers, engineers and others for maintenance monitoring and production analysis. The data is available to mobile devices, enabling field personnel to identify potential problems without having to physically visit each well. This is a great efficiency gain, and can be quite secure when proactive steps are taken.