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US steps up cybersecurity requirements after pipeline hack

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Washington (AFP) – The US government on Thursday imposed cybersecurity requirements on petroleum pipelines for the first time, following a ransomware attack that temporarily shut down a key oil conduit this month. The new rules imposed by the Department of Homeland Security require pipeline operators to designate a cybersecurity coordinator who must be available at all times, and report confirmed incidences to the agency’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Pipeline owners will also be required to review their procedures and identify cybersecurity gaps and ways to fix them, with…

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