TSA’s role in pipeline cybersecurity could be up for grabs

From: FCW

By Mark Rockwell

The Transportation Security Agency has the authority to regulate cybersecurity of natural gas and oil pipelines, but many lawmakers and stakeholder are starting to wonder whether that is the best arrangement, considering the vulnerability of infrastructure to remote attacks directed via industrial control systems.

In particular, some lawmakers have objected to TSA’s oversight because its cybersecurity standards are voluntary for industry, despite possessing the authority to lay down mandatory rules. This differs from the electrical sector, which is subject to mandatory standards imposed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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