IADC recognized two individuals with Exemplary Service Awards at the 2018 IADC Annual General Meeting on 8 November in New Orleans: Siv Hilde Houmb, Founder and CTO of Secure-NOK; and Arun Karle, Founder of Askara Group.
Ms Houmb has chaired the IADC Cybersecurity Committee since the group was initially formed as a simple workgroup under the Drilling Control Systems Subcommittee of the IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee, and later as it evolved into its own ART subcommittee. She currently serves as Chair of the committee, along with Co-Chairs Juan Negrete, Rowan Companies; and Ben Ramduny, Seadrill.
She has more than 20 years of experience with cybersecurity and has published more than 100 scientific and industrial-focused papers on various topics related to engineering systems to be cyber-resilient. In addition, Ms Houmb serves as Associate Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and has been active in ISA99 and IEC 62443 standardization work. Outside of the oil and gas industry, Ms Houmb has been active with cybersecurity in the nuclear, power grid and aviation industries.
Mr Karle began his relationship with IADC in 1993, when he met with then-IADC President Dr Lee Hunt in India to set plans for IADC’s role in the country. The IADC South Central Asia Chapter was kicked off in 1998, with Mr Karle as a founding member. Since then, Mr Karle has been an IADC ambassador, helping to serve both IADC and its members.
Mr Karle founded Askara Group in March 1992. The firm provides business and technical consulting to more than 30 international companies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and mechanical engineering from Mumbai University and later obtained a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Lamar University in Texas.