After a breach of the Colonial Pipeline interrupted fuel supply in the Southeast for days this month, the DHS issued a new security command for operators and owners on Thursday.In a statement, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas stated, “The recent ransomware assault on a large petroleum underscores that Pipeline cybersecurity is important to our homeland security.”
Operators and owners of key Pipeline would be obliged to submit proven and prospective cybersecurity events to the Department of Homeland Security’s CISA (Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency) program, according to DHS.According to the instruction,owners and operators would be required to examine current cybersecurity processes, identify any gaps, and implement risk mitigation measures.
Within 30 days, they must disclose the results to the Transportation Security Administration, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, and CISA.Colonial Pipeline, which extends from Texas to New Jersey, was forced to shut down most of its network earlier this month due to a ransomware attack across the Southeast.
Fearing long-term shortages, motorists rushed to fill their tanks as the interruption exposed the country’s reliance on a few vital pipelines.Colonial Pipeline computer network was taken captive by hackers, who were able to extort millions of dollars in digital money. As a result of the tragedy, critical infrastructure cybersecurity has risen to the top of the national priority list.
According to the Colonial investigation, the assault software was provided by an organization called DarkSide. Since the hacking originated within Russia’s borders, US President Joe Biden has stated that Russia has some responsibility.The Transportation Security Administration has already issued optional cybersecurity guidelines for Pipeline.