After the cyber attack on the largest gasoline pipeline in the USA, the US government wants to oblige companies to better protect critical infrastructure. The US Department of Homeland Security announced a corresponding security policy on Thursday.
With the security guideline, operators should be obliged to report confirmed or potential incidents to the authority for cyber and infrastructure security (Cisa), as announced by Homeland Security. You would also need to appoint a cybersecurity coordinator who is available 24/7. In addition, they would have to identify gaps and possible protective measures against hacker attacks and report them to the authorities within 30 days.
Attack on petroleum pipeline
“The recent ransomware attack on a major oil pipeline shows that the cybersecurity of pipeline systems is crucial for our internal security,” said Minister of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas. The operator Colonial Pipeline was the target of a ransomware attack this month, which resulted in gasoline shortages on the east coast of the United States.
The company admitted two weeks ago that it had paid a ransom of $ 4.4 million, about 3.6 million euros. The US government suspects hackers from Russia behind the act. After the attack, President Joe Biden signed an order to better protect critical infrastructure from cyber attacks.