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Industry partners establish new cyber security risk methodology for mining

To address the increasing security risk within the mining and metals industry supply chain, the Mining and Metals Information Sharing Analysis Center (MM-ISAC), Mirai Security and SecurityScorecard have developed what they say is a streamlined methodology that produces a cyber security risk rating for vendors to demonstrate how they’re doing from a security standpoint.

This supplier risk management assessment identifies the supplier’s risk management capabilities through assessment of its governance and technical capabilities, as well as its risk and safety culture. The result of the assessment is a cyber security readiness rating that identifies high-level security and privacy facts that provide security and threat risk assurance which can be leveraged by organisations during the vendor screening and selection process.

Rob Labbé, Chair of the MM-ISAC, said: “As the only group globally focused on cyber security in the mining and metals industry, I felt the MM-ISAC was well positioned to head this initiative. It will not only save companies time and money but also enable the centralisation of data and easy updates to questions as new security risks become mainstream. And so, the MM-ISAC Cyber Security Readiness Rating was born.”

Alex Dow, Chief Technology Officer, Mirai Security, said assessing vendor risk is arduous, inconsistent and creates friction between buyer and seller.

“The MM-ISAC’s Cyber Security Readiness Rating solution has set out to centralise and simplify the process, improve accuracy through novel threat-based risk assessment methodology and, as a whole, raise the cyber security water level industry wide,” he said.

The problem with risk assessments within the industry, according to Labbé, is they are reliant on a lengthy and confusing questionnaire. Most companies have difficulty answering the questions — and even if the suppliers are able to articulate their security posture, many members of the ISAC lack the cyber security expertise required to interpret the results.

This new solution uses SecurityScorecard’s software platform to establish a security scorecard based upon an external view of the company’s risk and security posture information. The company has the ability to continuously monitor and score the External Cybersecurity Posture of an organisation (their scores have a statistically relevant correlation with breach risk) and show them how to improve via actionable issue-level detail.

Alex Rich, VP of Marketplace Business Development, SecurityScorecard, said: “Data is the most valuable and personal commodity in the increasingly more connected environment that we operate in. Companies who collect it and fail to protect it will suffer consequences, both monetary and reputation based.”

The customised survey and questionnaire only contains questions that are relevant to each specific company. What sets the questionnaire apart is the acknowledgement that the “one-size fits all”  assessment framework does not provide the risk management value that MM-ISAC members need. Mirai’s methodology recognises not all vendors bring the same level of risk to their clients, and the methodology focuses on assessing the risk based on a vendor persona.

Once the questionnaire is completed, the automated data from the platform is combined with data from the questionnaire and then meticulously reviewed by Mirai’s security team. The result is a cyber security readiness rating that allows vendors to share their security posture with potential clients and use it as a marketing tool to differentiate themselves in the marketplace.

Analytics, data and security on the Austmine 2019 agenda

Austmine 2019 is set to delve into the future of analytics, data and security, key themes that are setting the agenda for the next horizon in the mining industry, according to event organisers.

Running from May 21-23 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Austmine 2019 will, organisers say, feature thought leaders from around the world, who will present their insights into the latest developments in digital efficiencies and live analytics systems, as well as how big data is leading to change across the industry.

“The topic of digital change is one which encompasses the entire value chain, with the optimised use of data leading to production efficiencies, while also having favourable human and environmental outcomes,” the organisers said.

For Austmine 2019, presenters will cover a broad range of perspectives, from mining companies, METS, academia and government.

One of the keynote speakers is Michelle Ash, Chair, Global Mining Guidelines (GMG) Group, who will examine the question: “Disruption is here: how will we harness it?”

Ash said: “I am really excited to be speaking at the Austmine 2019 conference and sharing with delegates how digital technologies are impacting mining around the world.

“There are some amazing advancements in other industries that are also applicable and exciting, but as always, the technology is only part of the challenge implementing them into our organisations, and driving the value and impacts of safety, the environment and productivity is key to the success.

“Delegates will also hear about some of the keys to ensuring that implementation of technology is successful, and how we can increase our rate of change as an industry.”

Other speakers slated to present include Rob Cunningham, Mining Operations Manager at CMOC Northparkes Mines, who will explain how the company is driving an Improvement Innovation Culture at its operations, which embrace the latest block cave mining technologies.

Rob Labbé, Director, Information Security, Teck Resources, will delve into cyber security – enabling the digital mine through cyber risk management and collaboration – while John Vagenas, Managing Director, Metallurgical Systems, asks the question – “Blue pill or red pill? Digital case studies within mineral processing.”

During his presentation, Vagenas is set to explore why so many companies are hesitant when it comes to digital transformation.

“Essentially, digital transformation is about turning data into information so as to gain full transparency into a plant’s operations,” Vagenas said. “For many companies in our sector, it can be an uncomfortable notion. Transparency isn’t always immediately popular, as it threatens how much control some people have over what is and isn’t reported. But, in reality, it can deliver such an enormous and rapid benefit that it’s madness not to make the transition.”

Joining this speaker line-up is Barry Elliot, Vice President, Enterprise Accounts: Heavy Industries, Rockwell Automation, from South Africa, to provide insights into improving mining value from operations data.

He is set to outline solutions around data collection, storage, visualisation and analytics, with a focus on the company’s scalable analytics approach, the FactoryTalk Innovation Suite, as well as applications of AR/VR for visualisation, according to organisers.

In addition to a focus on analytics, data and security, other key themes are set to include the human element of technology, intelligent equipment, sustainability, as well as integration and connectivity.

The two-day conference will be complimented by workshops, a sold-out exhibition, networking opportunities, the Industry Leaders’ Dinner and Awards and more, organisers said.

International Mining is a media sponsor for the upcoming Austmine event

Austmine 2019 to showcase global mining innovations

“Mining Innovation – The Next Horizon” is the tag line for the fast-approaching Austmine conference in Brisbane, Australia.

Taking place at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from May 21-23, the program for Austmine 2019 has been developed specifically for those driven by innovation and working within mining companies, mining equipment, technology and services (METS) companies, as well as relevant academia and government, according to the event organisers. Over 800 attendees are expected at the bi-annual event.

“The Next Horizon for the industry will see fundamental shifts in mining technology which will alter the entire value chain, placing an emphasis on current planning decisions to ensure optimal future outcomes,” Austmine’s organisers said.

The three-day program contains over 40 presentations featuring more than 50 experts drawn from six continents, as well as hands-on workshops, panel discussions, and networking opportunities, held in conjunction with the sold-out exhibition, featuring over 90 of the industry’s foremost companies.

Austmine Chief Executive Officer, Christine Gibbs Stewart, said: “This is now the leading mining innovation conference in the world; there are a lot of conferences out there, but nobody is as sharply focussed on innovation as we are.

“We have brought together the premiere thought leaders around innovation, which is quite exciting for us; the fact that we have so many international speakers and attendees is a credit to our previous conferences.

“It demonstrates that overseas miners are interested in what is happening in Australia, and they see Australia leading the way with some of the new innovations and technologies that are entering the market.”

Current confirmed speakers include Rag Udd (Vice President, Global Transformation, BHP), Natascha Viljoen (Global Head of Processing Operations, Anglo American), Marco Orellana (CIO, Codelco), Rob Labbé (Director of Information Security, Teck Resources), Rafael Estrada (CIO & Manager of Information Systems, Telecommunications and Process Control, Antamina Mining), John Welborn (Managing Director & CEO, Resolute Mining), and Frans Knox (Head of Production, BMA Coal, BHP).

The conference themes range from new machinery technology and techniques, including automation and artificial intelligence, as well as the human element of mining, the use of analytics and big data, digital connectivity in mining, and finally sustainability for the industry, encompassing renewable resources and resource management.

The event features the Austmine Industry Leaders’ Dinner and Awards on May 22, which will also celebrate the association’s 30 years of advocacy for the Australian METS sector.