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DHS requires 'critical' pipelines to amp up cybersecurity protections in wake of Colonial Pipeline hack
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The Department of Homeland Security is cracking down even further on cybersecurity at "critical pipelines" in the wake of the Colonial Pipeline hack, mandating that owners of such pipelines take action to limit the chances of similar attacks in the future.
The Colonial Pipeline ransomware hack resulted in gas shortages in parts of the Eastern United States and has followed a barrage of cyberattacks against American companies and even the government itself in recent years.
DHS put in place a handful of initial requirements for pipeline owners with a security directive following the Colonial hack in May.
"The lives and livelihoods of the American people depend on our collective ability to protect our nation’s critical infrastructure from evolving threat," DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement. "Through this security directive, DHS can better ensure the pipeline sector takes the steps necessary to safeguard their operations from rising cyber threats, and better protect our national and economic security."