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U.S. Regulators Urge Better Oversight for Pipeline Cybersecurity

  • Threat taking on ‘new urgency’: two FERC commissioners write
  • Oversight should fall to Energy, not TSA: Chatterjee, Glick
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The federal agency now charged with overseeing cybersecurity for U.S. pipelines is ill equipped to do the job, say two top regulators who want the role given to the Energy Department.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Neil Chatterjee, a Republican, and Richard Glick, a Democrat, wrote in an online article that the Transportation Security Administration can’t keep the pipeline network secure. The two FERC commissioners noted that the TSA has only six full-time workers overseeing more than 2.7 million miles of pipeline, and depends on voluntary cybersecurity standards, rather than mandatory ones.