DHS announces new cybersecurity requirements

The Security Directive will enable the department to better identify, protect against, and respond to threats to critical companies in the pipeline sector.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced a Security Directive that will enable the department to better identify, protect against and respond to threats to critical companies in the pipeline sector.

The Security Directive will require critical pipeline owners and operators to report confirmed and potential cybersecurity incidents to the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and to designate a Cybersecurity Coordinator, to be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  It will also require critical pipeline owners and operators to review their current practices as well as to identify any gaps and related remediation measures to address cyber-related risks and report the results to TSA and CISA within 30 days.

TSA is also considering follow-on mandatory measures that will further support the pipeline industry in enhancing its cybersecurity that strengthen the public-private partnership, which it says is critical to the cybersecurity of the country.

“The cybersecurity landscape is constantly evolving and we must adapt to address new and emerging threats,” says Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas. 

“The recent ransomware attack on a major petroleum pipeline demonstrates that the cybersecurity of pipeline systems is critical to our homeland security. DHS will continue to work closely with our private sector partners to support their operations and increase the resilience of our nation’s critical infrastructure.”

Since 2001, TSA has worked closely with pipeline owners and operators as well as its partners across the federal government to enhance the physical security preparedness of US hazardous liquid and natural gas pipeline systems. As the nation’s lead agency for protecting critical infrastructure against cybersecurity threats, CISA provides cybersecurity resources to mitigate potential risks, including through a dedicated hub that disseminates information to organisations, communities, and individuals about how to better protect against ransomware attacks. 

 

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