July 2021, Vol. 248, No. 7

Editor's Notebook

A Question of Not ‘If’ but ‘When’

By Michael Reed, Editor-in-Chief It finally happened, and when it did, it happened in a big way.    The cyberattack on Colonial Pipelines served as the ultimate exclamation point on that pesky declaration pipeline companies had been hearing for years: Your information systems need to be better protected from malicious software.   It is certainly an old refrain, and I take no pleasure in echoing it once again. The shutdown of the United States’ largest transporter of refined fuels lasted only a few days, yet it still resulted in long lines at gas pumps in parts of the country and fueled fears that air travel would be shut down due to a lack of jet fuel. The truly

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