A domestic natural gas pipeline was recently forced to shut down operations for two days following a cyberattack that affected control and communication assets on the operational technology (OT) network of a compression facility, according to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
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Several agencies within the federal government are investigating a series of cyberattacks directed at a third-party software system used by several U.S. natural gas pipeline companies, as the software provider looks into restoring data that was lost.
The Trump administration has accused Russian government operatives of targeting the U.S. energy sector, government agencies and other critical infrastructure sectors with a series of cyberattacks for at least the last two years.
A sweeping piece of bipartisan energy and natural resources legislation that covers everything from opening more federal lands to sportsmen and better protecting the nation’s pipeline infrastructure from cyber security threats was revived this week and put on the fast-track for consideration before the full Senate.
A survey conducted last November of more than 150 information technology (IT) professionals in the oil and gas industry found that 82% had seen an increase in successful cyberattacks in the preceding 12 months.
The threat of cyber attacks is becoming increasingly likely within the energy industry, as organized “threat actors” aggressively attack operations and pilfer data from global businesses, according to a global survey by PwC.
The American Gas Association (AGA) has launched a program to help protect natural gas utilities from cyber and physical attacks.