John Cusimano, vice president at aeCyberSolutions, said that cybersecurity in the pipeline industry is “far behind that of other energy sectors,” noting that a common problem is “the lack of segmentation of the pipeline supervisory control and data acquisition networks, which “connect the pipeline control center to every terminal, pumping station, remote isolation valve and tank farm along the pipeline.”
“These are very large networks covering extensive distances but they are typically ‘flat’ from a network segmentation standpoint,” Cusimano added. “This means that once someone gains access to the SCADA network they have access to every device on the network.”
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by Paul Rostick, Chief Information Security Officer, aeSolutions
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