DHS releases new mandatory cybersecurity rules for pipelines after Colonial ransomware attack

The DHS’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has unveiled a new security directive forcing owners and operators of important pipelines to put more stringent cybersecurity protections in place.

This is the organization’s second security directive and it applies to all TSA-designated critical pipelines that transport hazardous liquids and natural gas.

The move comes two months after cyberattackers were able to cripple Colonial Pipeline for about a week, leaving millions along the East Coast of the US scrambling for gas. 

Colonial had repeatedly postponed a cybersecurity review by the TSA before they were attacked by a ransomware group in May. They ended up paying close to $5 million to the DarkSide ransomware group in order to decrypt their systems.

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