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Case Study: Outdated OT network at oil sands mine

Case Study: Outdated OT network at oil sands mine

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This oil sands producer modernized its operational technology network to meet North American Electric Reliability standards with the help of MNP.

Goal: Lower cyber risk and achieve industry compliance

Industry sector: Energy and utilities, oil sands mine, transmission and distribution

maze icon Challenge

This large critical infrastructure organization was looking to overhaul their OT network for all electrical substations within their oil sands mine. Originally a flat network and unable to handle the current traffic load, it had been built without fundamental cyber security principles. With a shift to a North American Electric Reliability Corporation Critical Infrastructure Protection (NERC-CIP) Medium Impact rating on the horizon, the network had to rearchitect.

light bulb icon Solution

MNP worked with the organization to rebuild their network, incorporating NERC-CIP standards, internal network design standards and industry best practices. The new design included comprehensive security and performance monitoring, offsite backups of servers and critical automation controllers, as well as an identity and access management solution.

checkmark icon Results

MNP designed a new NERC-CIP-compliant architecture and assisted the organization with onsite integration to ensure it met updated standards and industry best practices around cyber security.

Services provided

Secure architecture design • NERC-CIP compliance

Next steps

Learn more about how MNP can help Canadian Energy and Utility organizations rise above challenges and capitalize on opportunities.


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