DHS to require pipeline companies to report breaches

Companies will be required to report confirmed or potential cyber attacks to the Department of Homeland Security within 12 hours.
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WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Biden administration is enhancing pipeline security after the Colonial Pipeline hack.

Pipeline companies will be required to report confirmed or potential cyber attacks to the Department of Homeland Security within 12 hours.

This is a shift from the current voluntary system of reporting.

DHS officials say the new mandate also requires companies to designate a “24/7” cyber security coordinator to liaison with the government.

100 of the most critical pipelines are impacted by the new requirement, including the Colonial Pipeline, which was paralyzed by a ransomware attack about two weeks ago.

The company had to shut down operations, causing gas shortages in the southeast part of the country.

 

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