Cybersecurity

Natural Gas Pipelines ‘Not at the Forefront’ of Cybersecurity, Experts Warn

Natural Gas Pipelines ‘Not at the Forefront’ of Cybersecurity, Experts Warn

Natural gas pipeline operators must enhance their cybersecurity protocols to avoid breaches like the one that shut down the Colonial Pipeline refined products conduit in May, a panel of experts agreed Wednesday.  Electronic bulletin boards (EBB) are especially vulnerable to hacks, said the panelists participating virtually in the LDC Gas Forums Midcontinent conference in Chicago.…

September 18, 2021
In Wake of Colonial Pipeline Attack, Biden Calls on Energy, Tech Leaders to Ramp Up Cybersecurity Investments

In Wake of Colonial Pipeline Attack, Biden Calls on Energy, Tech Leaders to Ramp Up Cybersecurity Investments

Leaders from the energy, technology and financial sectors vowed to help harden the United States against cyberattacks following a summit with President Biden, who called the threat of digital crime a “core national security challenge” that demands increased vigilance from both government and private companies. “The reality is most of our critical infrastructure is owned…

August 30, 2021
TSA Adds More Stringent Cybersecurity Requirements for U.S. Natural Gas, Oil Pipelines

TSA Adds More Stringent Cybersecurity Requirements for U.S. Natural Gas, Oil Pipelines

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on Tuesday handed down another set of directives aimed at protecting critical pipelines that transport hazardous liquids and natural gas against cyber attacks. The second security directive, issued two months after the initial orders were put out, requires owners and operators of TSA-designated critical pipelines to implement specific mitigation measures…

July 23, 2021
Colonial Pipeline CEO Apologizes for Paralyzing Fallout of Ransomware Attack

Colonial Pipeline CEO Apologizes for Paralyzing Fallout of Ransomware Attack

The chief executive of the pipeline operator that was temporarily crippled by a ransomware attack last month apologized to Americans. During testimony before a Senate panel on Tuesday, he acknowledged that Colonial Pipeline was susceptible to hackers and that it is still grappling with challenges caused by the infiltration. “We are deeply sorry for the…

June 8, 2021
U.S. Natural Gas, Oil Pipelines Directed to Enhance Cybersecurity Following Colonial Hack

U.S. Natural Gas, Oil Pipelines Directed to Enhance Cybersecurity Following Colonial Hack

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Thursday issued cybersecurity requirements for natural gas and oil pipeline owners and operators in response to the ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline Co. earlier this month. The directive requires critical pipeline owners and operators to report confirmed and potential cybersecurity incidents to the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure…

May 27, 2021
Manufacturers Push for Mandatory Federal Cybersecurity Standards for Natural Gas Pipelines

Manufacturers Push for Mandatory Federal Cybersecurity Standards for Natural Gas Pipelines

A manufacturing trade group is calling on Congress to empower FERC to strengthen physical and cyber security requirements for natural gas pipelines, similar to standards applied to the electric grid. Pointing to the Colonial Pipeline attack as a “wake-up call” for lawmakers, the Industrial Energy Consumers of America (IECA) wrote in letters to the Senate…

May 19, 2021
Lawmakers Pushing for Cybersecurity Mandates Following Colonial Ransomware Attack

Lawmakers Pushing for Cybersecurity Mandates Following Colonial Ransomware Attack

Following the six-day shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline Co. after a ransomware attack, a bi-partisan group of U.S. House lawmakers has revived legislation aimed at formalizing federal agencies’ responsibilities for securing pipelines against threats. In addition to codifying the responsibility of both the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency for…

May 17, 2021
June Natural Gas Stumbles as Forecasts Point to Lighter Demand, Cyberattack Unsettles Markets

June Natural Gas Stumbles as Forecasts Point to Lighter Demand, Cyberattack Unsettles Markets

Natural gas futures gave up ground on Monday as traders mulled waning weather-driven demand and the potential implications of a cybersecurity attack on the largest fuel pipeline in the United States.    The June Nymex contract dropped 2.6 cents day/day and settled at $2.932/MMBtu. July fell 2.6 to $2.978. NGI’s Spot Gas National Avg. advanced 5.5…

May 10, 2021
Concerns About Cyberattack, East Coast Fuel Shortage Mount Amid Protracted Colonial Pipeline Outage

Concerns About Cyberattack, East Coast Fuel Shortage Mount Amid Protracted Colonial Pipeline Outage

There was no clear end in sight on Monday to the outage stemming from a cyberattack that forced the largest refined products pipeline in the United States offline late last week. Colonial Pipeline Co., a major supplier of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel to the eastern United States, said in a statement over the weekend…

May 10, 2021
U.S. Oil, NatGas Sector Increasingly Concerned about Cybersecurity Attacks from Foreign Nations

U.S. Oil, NatGas Sector Increasingly Concerned about Cybersecurity Attacks from Foreign Nations

As the United States has become the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas, cybersecurity concerns in the sector have shifted from primarily protecting intellectual property to guarding against potential attacks from rival nations, an expert told NGI. “Intellectual property theft is still a concern; it could be from a criminal element or a…

November 19, 2020
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