A massive ransomware attack on one of the largest gas pipelines in the US, Colonial Pipeline, led it to be shut down on Friday. The FBI, the Energy Department, and the White House are all actively addressing the issue and assessing the damage after Colonial Pipeline announced Friday that it had shut down 5,500 miles of pipeline along the East Coast.
“A common gap in the pipeline industry is the lack of segmentation of the pipeline supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) networks which are the networks that 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,” John Cusimano, aeSolutions Vice President of Industrial Cybersecurity
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