Improving Pipeline Cybersecurity with Public-Private Partnerships

November 2017, Vol. 244, No. 11

By Andrew R. Lee, Jones Walker LLP, New Orleans

From an environmental, safety, and health perspective, pipelines are widely considered the optimal mode of transporting fossil fuel products. Release failures and loss-of-life incidents remain on a downward trend that began decades ago. But with over 2.5 million miles of pipelines moving natural gas, refined petroleum products, ethanol, chemicals, and other liquids, the U.S. oil and gas infrastructure also presents an array of high-value targets to technologically sophisticated terrorist groups and foreign state actors. After the false starts and failures of separate industry- and government-led efforts to improve the cybersecurity framework, public-private cybersecurity partnerships that…

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