Cybersecurity

Strengthening Pipeline Cybersecurity: Safeguarding Critical Infrastructure

The importance of robust cybersecurity measures for pipeline operations has come to the forefront in recent years. Ensuring the security of these assets is vital to safeguard against potential cyber threats and disruptions. In this blog post, we’ll explore key cybersecurity considerations and recommended actions for pipeline operators, emphasizing proactive cybersecurity practices. The Urgency of […]

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Why Operators Need to Form a Strong Pipeline Cybersecurity Defense

In the latest fallout from the Colonial Pipeline cybersecurity incident this spring, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued additional cybersecurity requirements for critical pipeline operators. Citing an “ongoing cybersecurity threat against pipeline systems,” DHS is now urging operators to implement “urgently needed protections against cyber intrusions.” With the Colonial incident ranking as

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Why Good Cybersecurity Hygiene is Critical for Pipeline Operators

A revelation coming out of the Colonial Pipeline cybersecurity incident is how easily systems and data can be held hostage by bad actors through seemingly simple means. The Colonial event illustrates the importance of everyone involved in pipeline operations playing their part by practicing good cybersecurity hygiene. Cybersecurity Hygiene Lessons Learned From Colonial Colonial Pipeline

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Pipeline Cybersecurity: DHS Issues New Requirements for Pipeline Operators

In May, Colonial Pipeline was targeted by a ransomware attack that led to a shutdown of their pipeline assets covering most of the Eastern U.S. According to Pipeline & Gas Journal, this was the most disruptive pipeline cyberattack on record, as it prevented millions of barrels of product from flowing through pipelines from the Gulf

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PHMSA Adding Voluntary Cybersecurity Discussion to CRM Inspections

Cybersecurity is increasingly critical in pipeline operations. In February 2020, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued an industry-specific report about ransomware targeting pipeline operators. The report encouraged pipeline operators to review the techniques of bad actors included in the report and to ensure they have corresponding mitigation efforts in place. The goal of

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PHMSA and TSA to Increase Security Efforts, Supporting Pipeline Operators

In February, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which are agencies within the Department of Transportation (DOT), announced an updated pipeline security agreement. The updated agreement is designed to increase ongoing safety and security efforts to protect our nation’s energy assets. This includes increased efforts to protect

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