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DHS Orders Pipeline Operators to Report Cyberattacks, Review Security Posture

Yet adoption of the cybersecurity recommendations have, to date, been lacking, said John Dickson, principal of the software-security consultancy Denim Group, in a recent interview with Dark Reading. In fact, outside of major oil and gas companies, such as Exxon Mobil and Shell, getting the industry to take cybersecurity seriously has been a slow march, he says.

“The downstream guys, as these pipeline companies are called, don’t give a flying frog about cybersecurity,” Dickson said. “How do we get these guys to do the right thing absent a breach? To them, risk in the physical realm is a pipeline explosion. They don’t see cyberattacks as a risk — or they didn’t.”

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