Colonial Pipeline Outage in the United States Highlights Risks to Energy Supplies

  • The Colonial Pipeline system, which supplies nearly half the fuel consumed along the east coast of the United States, fell victim to a ransomware attach, highlighting the need for stronger cyber security measures. 
  • The security breach led to a temporary shutdown, causing gas shortages and price hikes. 
  • The situation illustrates how automizing and digitizing every aspect of infrastructure to aid in the transition towards cleaner energy systems can give rise to potential cyber-security risks. 
  • Policymakers have to develop resilient policies and systems that can prevent, withstand, adapt and recover from such attacks, without disrupting critical infrastructure operations or impeding the transition towards cleaner energy.

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