BHP, together with Anglo American, Antofagasta Minerals, Codelco and Collahuasi, have launched the Mining Security Corporation, to promote a culture of cybersecurity in mining operations.
According to the group, cyberattacks will cost companies about US$10.5 billion by next year, and more than more than 4 billion cyberattacks took place in Chile during the first half of 2023, positioning it as the fifth country in Latin America with the most incidents.
It is for that reason that the partnership is growing from Chile, and the unprecedented initiative is led by Corporación Alta Ley and supported by the Chilean Ministry of Mining. Both are working to generate and share cyberintelligence information for early warning and response, and to promote a culture of cybersecurity in mining operations.
BHP Cybersecurity Manager Minerals Americas Ezequiel Fagetti said BHP is enthusiastic about the initiative.
“We want to contribute with our experience in the protection of assets and systems,” Fagetti said.
“Cybersecurity is vital for the proper functioning of the different production systems and, ultimately, for us to continue contributing to the country. If we strengthen this aspect, we strengthen the mining industry as a whole, its value chain, and safeguard the benefits for everyone.”