"Implement Urgent and Necessary Protections Against Cyber ​​Intrusions": Department of Homeland Security

July 27, 2021

An incident at Colonial Pipeline caused by a ransomware attack caused it to shut down much of its network for several days in May. It was the most disruptive cyberattack, preventing millions of barrels of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel from flowing to the East Coast from the Gulf Coast.

The Department of Homeland Security requested new cybersecurity requirements for owners of critical oil pipelines driven in its security directive, such as:

  • Take certain mitigation measures to protect against ransomware.
  • Specific measures for other known threats to information technology and operational technology systems.
  • Implement a cybersecurity contingency and recovery plan.
  • Review the design of the cybersecurity architecture.

This is the second safety directive issued by the Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration since May.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mauyorkas said: "The lives and livelihoods of the American people depend on our collective ability to protect our nation's critical infrastructure from evolving threats."


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Authored by

Jorge Daniel Tejeda