September 2021, Vol. 248, No. 9


INGAA Questions New Pipeline Cybersecurity Mandates

By Stephen Barlas, Contributing Editor, Washington D.C. The ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline Company oil pipeline in May continues to have federal regulatory reverberations reflected in the first-time safety and operation mandates published by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in July. But members of Congress, who view gas and oil pipelines as dangerously vulnerable to cyberattacks, appear to be underwhelmed by the DHS mandates which come from its subagency, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). A second directive in May was simply non-enforceable guidance.  A top TSA official told a Senate committee that the pipeline industry had inp

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