Pipeline Hack Spurs Focus on Other Infrastructure Cybersecurity

May 13, 2021, 7:02 PM

The ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline Co. demonstrated why cybersecurity defenses need to be “a core priority” for critical infrastructure, Deputy Transportation Secretary Polly Trottenberg told lawmakers.

A cyberattack last week shut down the country’s largest gasoline pipeline for six days. Trottenberg said it had been a good “learning experience,” reminding the administration of the importance of partnering with private companies to protect critical infrastructure beyond traditional threats, such as extreme weather events.

“The cyber attack on the Colonial pipeline has showed us kind of the two worlds coming together: cybersecurity and physical infrastructure,” Trottenberg said at a Thursday hearing ...

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