A Shield for Your Data

A Shield for Your Data

An iPhone stores an array of your confidential information; things such as addresses, credit cards, and emails. To protect you, the iPhone requires a Face ID, Touch ID, or passcode to access any information in your phone. Barriers like this prevent strangers from stealing your phone and accessing your data without consent. User authentication like this is a simple example of “cybersecurity.”

Cybersecurity is the method of defending computers, mobile devices, servers, networks, and data from unauthorized use. It goes beyond simple passwords and user authentication on your smartphone. Cloud, network, application, and Internet of Things (IoT) security are all considered under the cybersecurity umbrella. 

Cybersecurity is becoming a growing topic of interest as digital transformation expands through industries. Inherently, digital transformation creates mass amounts of data and uses cyber physical systems that are all connected to the internet. With more data and connected devices comes more risk of cyber attacks. 

Digital transformation can be a great source of a company’s competitive advantage. So securing networks and equipment is a vital component of any strategy. Many companies across oil and gas, mining, and manufacturing have been improving their cybersecurity over the years:

Cenovus Energy has implemented cybersecurity on its upstream oil production sites. Data breaches are a growing concern among oil companies, with over 350 breach attempts per month recorded from 2011 to 2015. Cenovus has partnered with Nozomi Networks in order to secure the company’s instrumentation equipment and sensors across its production sites. The system gives Cenovus real-time security monitoring and analytics, asset inventory, and vulnerability assessments. The security system aims to significantly reduce threats and interruptions that arise from cyber attackers. 

Rio Tinto has ramped up cybersecurity across its operations. The company is relying more and more on information technology systems to improve its performance. But as a downside, it opens up more threat to cyber attacks. With its increased cybersecurity measures, Rio Tinto is able to protect from misappropriation of funds, legal and regulatory breaches, disclosure of commercially or personally sensitive information, and much more. 

Volkswagen has been pursuing cyber security in order to protect its cars. Vehicles these days are becoming increasingly digital by relying on computers. Some brands have seen weaknesses exploited, such as remote shut off of engines and brakes while the vehicle is moving. Volkswagen’s efforts towards cybersecurity has greatly reduced the risk of cyber attacks so the company can ensure a much safer experience for its drivers. 

At A4 Systems, we understand the substantial value that data can provide an organization. Any loss or leakage of information can create major setbacks to a company’s ability to compete. All of our solutions are built with cybersecurity in mind. We ensure each system is highly secure with the latest methods of protection. Quality, uninterrupted data is at the core of what we do.


This article is part of a series of nine articles entitled, “The 9 Pillars of Digital Transformation.” A4 Systems is a world-class team of cyber physical system product developers. We transform quality data into primary competitive advantage by implementing the 9 pillars into our projects and solutions. 

Keep an eye out for the other articles here.