After the recent drone strike and killing of Iran’s major general Qasem Soleimani, it goes without saying the United States may experience more difficulties importing crude oil from the Middle East. Along with external problems, the U.S. also faces internal issues. As we go into 2020, we are starting to see a decline in rig counts. According to Baker Hughes, just this past week alone, the U.S. had lost nine oil rigs causing our rig count to be less than 279.
As global terrorism increases, the attacks on oil and gas facilities are at an increase as well. Cyber-attacks on the Industrial Control Systems (ICS) are on the rise. ICS’s can be anything from computer software all the way to the control system that regulates the valves on a pipeline. If a system is compromised, it has the ability to delay operations causing a significant loss for the company.