New Cyber Security Rules for Oil and Pipeline Inspections
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The United States is moving to create new cybersecurity rules for oil and pipeline inspections that will dramatically increase compliance and enhance the security of the nation’s pipelines, officials said Wednesday. The Department of Homeland Security will issue new regulations under an executive order that is due to become effective Sept. The regulations are designed to improve pipeline safety by making it harder for hackers to steal data. The rules require pipeline companies to better train workers and use more sophisticated technology to detect and eliminate potential threats. They apply to both new and existing pipeline companies. President Barack Obama signed the final version of the regulations in May after years of talks and legislative battles. The new rules require pipeline contractors to comply with standards, protect workers and use “smart” surveillance devices. Pipeline companies are told they will no longer be granted access to personal devices that could be used to steal data. The new rules are part of the “Digital Accountability for Pipeline Safety” initiative announced last summer. Pipeline companies will have to adopt new cyber-security measures to protect people, computers and data – including improving data storage systems and providing more training for workers. The guidelines call for electronic systems and technologies to be deployed that are easier to use, more capable and “more secure,” a senior Homeland Security official said. The program comes as the country continues to look for ways to beef up the nation’s cybersecurity infrastructure. The White House said in a statement that the new regulations are necessary to beef up the nation’s “cyber safety and cyber security infrastructure” and ensure that no person or system is left unprotected. “These cybersecurity requirements could potentially disrupt pipelines, but could also help prevent a cyber attack,” the official said. “By increasing transparency for companies that need to comply with new cyber safety requirements, and by making it easier for companies to hire workers with cybersecurity skills, the administration is helping create a more secure and effective regulatory environment. ” A DHS spokesman said that the department’s cyber efforts were the “most significant” to date as part of President Obama’s “digital accountability for pipeline safety” initiative. “As a result of the efforts of the White House, the President directed our DHS Secretary, who is overseeing cybersecurity policy, to establish a program to create, enhance and enforce appropriate cyber security rules, as well more than 100,000 new cybersecurity workers,” the spokesman said.
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