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Insurance Mitigates Cyber-Related Risk

Posted in Environmental, Incident Response, Infrastructure Security, Natural Gas, Practice Pointers
In today’s interconnected society, cyber breaches are inevitable. As the saying goes, it is not a matter of if, but when, an organization will be breached. This is particularly true for businesses in the energy sector, which is one of the most frequently targeted industries for cyber attacks. From producers to pipelines and refineries, energy companies’ computer systems are increasingly at risk of becoming the target of a sophisticated and targeted cyberattack, making cyber risk mitigation paramount.… Continue Reading

Senate Committee Approves Cybersecurity Bill As Infrastructure Security Concerns Grow

Posted in Federal/ State Legislation, Infrastructure Security
The Senate Intelligence Committee recently approved the “Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act”, which would facilitate the sharing of information about cybersecurity threats or countermeasures by among private entities and with the federal government.  If information is shared in accordance with certain requirements (such as the use of technical controls to protect shared information), the bill provides… Continue Reading

Issuance of Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Framework and Launch of DHS Cyber Community Program

Posted in Infrastructure Security, Policy
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently released the final "Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity." The Framework addresses procedures and processes for reducing cyber risks to critical infrastructure – which includes the transportation sector and pipeline systems. … Continue Reading

Lawmakers Urge Mandatory Security Measures to Protect the Power Grid

Posted in Administrative Guidance, Infrastructure Security
In the wake of an attack last year on an electric substation in California, four U.S. Senators have written a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, urging them to adopt mandatory standards for physical security at electric power facilities. … Continue Reading

President Obama Issues Executive Order and Presidential Policy Directive Regarding Critical Infrastructure Security

Posted in Infrastructure Security, Policy
During his State of the Union Address, President Obama unveiled an Executive Order (EO) and Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) to improve critical infrastructure cybersecurity . The EO and PPD come in the wake of two failed attempts by Congress to pass cybersecurity legislation, and are generally aimed at seeking to improve relationships across the federal government and… Continue Reading