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Pipelines Now Must Report Cybersecurity Breaches


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Warning sign for a subterranean pipeline.

The Transportation Security Administration has announced new reporting requirements for pipeline operators, in the wake of the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline that caused widespread gasoline supply disruptions earlier this month.

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced new reporting mandates for pipeline operators following the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline.

Operators are required to report any cyberattacks on their systems to the federal government within 12 hours; they also must appoint a round-the-clock, on-call cybersecurity coordinator to work with the government in the event of an attack, and then have 30 days to evaluate their cyber practices.

Pipeline operators must report cyberattacks to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, or face fines starting at $7,000 a day.

DHS says roughly 100 pipelines have been deemed critical and subject to the new directive; a DHS official said additional actions will be taken "in the not-too-distant future."

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