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DHS unveils second round of new pipeline security requirements

New requirements from DHS for oil and gas pipeline operators include the implementation of 'specific mitigation measures' against cyberthreats, specifically ransomware attacks.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced new security requirements Tuesday for Transportation Security Administration-designated critical oil and gas pipelines.

The new DHS directive follows May's high-profile ransomware attack against the Colonial Pipeline Co. that created multi-day fuel shortages in parts of the United States East Coast and led to Colonial paying a ransom of $4.4 million. Later in May, the DHS introduced the initial directive which preceded Tuesday's.

The May 27 directive required pipeline owners and operators to report confirmed and potential cybersecurity incidents to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and "to designate a "Cybersecurity Coordinator" that would be available 24 hours a day. It also added requirements for pipeline owners ...

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