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Perspectives on the Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack

This past week, United States fuel pipeline operator Colonial Pipeline was compromised in a ransomware cyberattack, causing them to shut down their entire network and resulting in fuel shortages for millions of consumers . Responsible for nearly half of the U.S. East Coast’s fuel supply, the incident was one of the most disruptive ever reported.

With President Biden signing an executive order to improve the nation’s cybersecurity shortly thereafter, persistent vulnerabilities in the United States’ infrastructure, as well as a reliance on interconnected networks, continue to plague the news. And while Colonial is reportedly back up and running, reports are sure to be released in the coming weeks, shedding new light on the timeline, severity, and outcome of events.

Over on our ISAGCA Blog, we’ve gathered a few perspectives from some of our ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance member companies to get their take on the incident. John Cusimano (aeSolutions), Edgard Capdevielle (Nozomi Networks), and more share their insights on the attack, as well as recommendations for where we go from here.

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Steven Aliano
Steven Aliano
Steven Aliano is the content manager for ISA.

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