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Former leaders of MI6 and CIA to address security challenges at the ONS Conference

Future global trends, geopolitical challenges and cyber threats. These are issues the energy industry needs to be prepared for, along with higher demands for security measures. Sir John Scarlett and John McLaughlin will enlighten conference delegates at ONS 2016.

Sir John Scarlett is former Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). John McLaughlin is former Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Together they possess an impressive amount of knowledge about the security challenges the energy industry faces.

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Sir John Scarlett, former Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6).

They will speak at a conference session addressing these issues on Tuesday 30 August.

Transition affects security
The main theme for ONS 2016 is Transition, which also applies to the security challenges.

“We are in a period of major transition across the global energy sector. Transition on this scale affects every area of our countries, our economies and our security. This is the right theme, in the right place, at the right time,” says Sir John Scarlett.

John McLaughlin concurs:

John McLaughlin, former former Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

John McLaughlin, former former Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

“Energy, and oil in particular, has long been at the heart of geopolitical considerations globally. Dramatic changes in the energy picture have taken us to an important moment of transition and it is worth thinking hard about the longer term consequences.”

Security issues have risen on the energy industry’s agenda during recent years, and the dedicated conference session is expected to receive considerable interest.

“Sir John Scarlett and John McLaughlin’s knowledge and views on the global security risk picture, from national security and geopolitics to cyber threats, are of great interest to the energy industry. Their reflections on how the energy business must take actions to reduce security risks will be highly valued at the ONS Conference,” says Ingvild Meland, Programme Director of ONS.