Cyber security round-up

Obama’s 2009 warning on oil and gas cyber security revisited. NPRA says ‘CFATS ain’t broke.’

Introducing the US Cybersecurity legislative proposal back in May 2009, President Obama said, ‘We count on computer networks to deliver our oil and gas, power and water. […] But as we failed in the past to invest in our roads, bridges and rails, we’ve failed to invest in the security of our digital infrastructure.’

The department of Homeland Security (DHS) is offering to help private-sector companies analyze their logs to see when a hacker broke in. Proposed legislation sets out new protocols for sharing information on threats, advocating ‘transparency to help market forces ensure that critical-infrastructure operators are accountable for their cybersecurity.’ The legislation addresses enhanced protection of computer systems with notably, the DHS’ ‘Einstein’ intrusion prevention system.

In a sperate announcement, Charles Drevna, president of the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association, endorsed the current Chemical Facility
Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program warning that, ‘Significantly altering the program could greatly risk the high level of security that has been established at chemical facilities and should not be considered.’

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