Tullow Oil is a leading independent oil and gas exploration and production company, with operations in 22 countries around the world. The company has a strong presence in Africa, where it is opening up new basins and helping to establish new oil producing countries such Ghana and Uganda, and a growing presence in Asia.
One of the most important assets for Tullow Oil is its information, especially geological information and data about new oil finds and areas of potential discovery. But, invariably the location of existing and new oil reserves is often in some of the most remote and inhospitable regions of the world where there is a high risk of theft or crime. Tullow Oil staff, who travel extensively to these regions, need to have access to this data wherever they happen to be.
Trudie Seeney, Information Systems Asset Manager says: “We have a very high proportion of staff – around 700 – who regularly travel around the world. These employees require access to commercially sensitive information, so we need do everything we can to protect it when it is outside the security of our main offices.”
The company has a number of data protection measures in place, including data encryption, but it also wanted to put in place a means of securing and protecting devices especially when they are used abroad.