February 2018, Vol. 245, No. 2

Features

Pipeline Analysis Reveals Growing Cybersecurity Risk, Offers Preventive Steps

Domestic U.S. oil and gas production has increased dramatically with technological advances in drilling and completion techniques, and pipelines now transport roughly two-thirds of U.S. energy demand. Important as it is to the economy, however, this delivery system is at risk. More than half the nation’s pipeline system is at least 40 years old, increasing the likelihood of a leak or rupture even in standard operating conditions. Many of these systems have become more automated over the years, which has improved operational control but also made them more vulnerable to cyberattack and data breach. This article provides an overview of our recent analysis of U.S. pipeline infrastructure and

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