The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is gradually introducing a new set of cybersecurity guidelines for the transportation sector. The newly introduced cybersecurity policies are slowly finding their way across different transport divisions, such as pipelines, operators, aviation, etc. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has recently introduced cybersecurity guidelines that will include almost 80% of the freight rail operators and 90% of passenger rail operators. In his article for Federal News Network, Justin Doubleday talks about the newly introduced cybersecurity policies and their implications for the transportation sector.
Responding to Ransomware
Doubleday states that TSA’s decision to introduce changes came right after the Colonial Pipeline hack that took place in May. The company’s network was attacked by ransomware, resulting in a shutdown and delay of work for some days. It led to a shortage of gas on the East Coast. This entire incident compelled TSA to take cybersecurity more seriously. In response, the agency introduced a security policy that high-risk pipelines and gas facilities have to report cyberattacks within 12 hours of the incident.
A Long Road Ahead
Government Accountability Office director Nick Marinos states that the agencies have witnessed several changes in monitoring modern cybersecurity plans. He further mentioned, “the cyberattacks continue to show us that we need to do more to not only shore up specific sectors, but the entire nation’s approach to cybersecurity as well.” It is essential for lawmakers to understand that they are aware of what they are doing, and it does not hamper innovation with inefficient guidelines and policies.
The DHS has introduced the new guidelines temporarily under emergency authority. Soon after the implementation, the cabinet department will review them over time. Furthermore, the department will strive towards improving the policies for better security and efficiency of the transportation sector.
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