Cyber Daily: Colonial Pipeline Missed Requested Security Review Before Hack
May 27, 2021 9:16 am ET | WSJ Pro
Hello. Officials from Colonial Pipeline and the TSA, which oversees the security of pipelines, have discussed a missed security review of the company last year in recent briefings with lawmakers, WSJ Pro’s David Uberti reports. It isn’t clear if the assessment would have made a difference when ransomware attackers hit Colonial this month.
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Colonial Pipeline Co. last year didn’t undergo a requested federal security review of its facilities and was in the process of scheduling a separate audit of its computer networks when hackers hit on May 7. It is unclear if an assessment by the Transportation Security Administration, which oversees pipeline security, would have uncovered digital weak points exploited in a hack that U.S. officials attributed to a criminal group known as DarkSide.
While electric utilities face federal cyber requirements, mandatory audits and potential seven-figure fines for violations, regulators have taken a hands-off approach to pipelines and allow companies to set many of the terms of their own oversight.
Officials from Colonial and the TSA have discussed last year’s missed security review in a series of briefings in recent weeks with the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, according to people familiar with the matter. Read the full story.
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