This post is not meant to endorse specific agencies or companies, nor is it meant to support any specific piece of legislation. Rather, we just wanted to begin a much-needed conversation about cyber security and our nation’s pipelines.
We are all aware of the acute threats from hackers and of their ability to wreak havoc, disrupt infrastructure, and compromise data integrity. And the threat to the oil and gas industry is no less.
The US has the largest network of energy pipelines in the world, with more than 2.7 million miles of pipe. A cybersecurity breach within the pipeline environment could have a tremendous impact, from compromised data creating competitive disadvantages to automated pressure changes causing catastrophic physical disruptions.