© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Department of Homeland Security emblem is pictured at the National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) located just outside Washington in Arlington, Virginia September 24, 2010.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday required owners and operators of critical pipelines that transport hazardous liquids and to implement “urgently needed protections against cyber intrusions.”
It was the second security directive issued by the department’s Transportation Security Administration since May, after a hack of the Colonial Pipeline disrupted fuel supplies in the southeastern United States for days.
The department said the action was in response to “the ongoing cybersecurity threat to pipeline systems.”
“The lives and livelihoods of the American people depend on our collective ability to protect our nation’s critical infrastructure from evolving threats,” Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas said in the statement.
The security directive requires TSA-designated critical pipelines to take certain mitigation measures to protect against ransomware attacks and other known threats...read more...