Colonial Pipeline shutdown prompts new cybersecurity regulations for U.S. pipelines

The Transportation Security Administration, part of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has issued a directive requiring pipeline companies and pipeline operators to report cybersecurity incidents to federal authorities.

The statement was published on the BIV website.

This decision was made by the US authorities after a cyberattack on the system of the American pipeline company Colonial Pipeline.

The document instructs companies to identify problems in their cybersecurity, propose options for their elimination and provide this data to the ministry within 30 days. In addition, companies are required to report any potential or occurred hacker attacks to the agency, and to appoint cybersecurity coordinators who must be available to the authorities at all times.

On May 7, Colonial Pipeline was subjected to a cyberattack that used a so-called ransomware virus that encrypts data. For some time, the pumping of fuel through the CP pipes was suspended, which led to interruptions in the supply of fuel in several US states and an increase in fuel prices. As a result, the company was forced to pay the hackers $ 4.4 million.

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