U.S. Homeland Security Pushes New Cybersecurity Rules After Colonial Pipeline Attack
Cyber defense is a crucial part of the world we live in, as "The lives and livelihoods of the American people depend on our collective ability to protect our Nation's critical infrastructure from evolving threats," explains Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas. To accomplish this, today's directive will require
This directive comes from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency which advised the Transportation Security Administration "on cybersecurity threats to the pipeline industry, as well as technical countermeasures to prevent those threats." This follows an earlier directive from May, which required pipeline owners and operators to report any
The hope is that, between these two directives, critical pipelines will not be at as high of a risk as in years past. However, this will likely not be enough to secure critical infrastructure from security threats. Much more force is needed, such as creating laws and regulations to force companies to comply or perhaps face significant penalties. Otherwise, the Colonial Pipeline incident could be the first in a long line of disruptive attacks on critical infrastructure.