(TargetLiberty.org) – In early May, hackers managed to launch a ransomware attack against the Colonial Pipeline, the largest in the country. It was partially shut down, which then caused gas shortages across the southern and eastern US. In the wake of the attack, new security measures are being put in place.
On May 26, anonymous officials with Homeland Security revealed a new directive by the Transportation Security Administration. The federal agency will now require pipeline operators to put an on-call cybersecurity coordinator in place who’s available 24/7 to work with the government in the event of an attack. If the pipeline is breached, the operator must notify the feds within 12 hours. Pipeline operators also have 30 days to review their cyber practices.
The TSA says it will now require pipeline operators to report any cyberattacks on their systems to the U.S. government within 12 hours.
The move comes in the wake of the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack earlier this month.https://t.co/o5VKvPblL5
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The hope is that the new measures will help prevent an attack like the one on the Colonial Pipeline from happening again. If a pipeline is breached, the operators and the government will be able to respond more quickly to hopefully prevent widespread shortages.
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