Govt Failed To Address Cybersecurity Risks To Infrastructure: Report

St. James Terminal, a marine unloading and distribution point for crude oil, a U.S. Department of Energy owned site located southwest of Baton Rouge, La., on the Mississippi River, is shown in 1990.  This pipeline serves the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), which is the largest stockpile of crude oil in the world, developed to diminish the impact of oil disruption emergencies.  A SPR worker checks the valves and pipes on the pipeline that connects the terminal with the long-term SPR storage sites and a cross-country distribution pipeline.  (AP Photo/U.S. Department of Energy)

At a glance

  • A new Government Accountability Office report said the Interior Department has not done nearly enough to address the growing risk of cyberattacks to a network of more than 1,600 offshore facilities that produce a large portion of U.S. oil and gas.
  • “Offshore oil and gas infrastructure faces significant and increasing cybersecurity risks in the form of threat actors, vulnerabilities, and potential impacts,” states the report, titled “Offshore Oil and Gas: Strategy Urgently Needed to Address Cybersecurity Risks to Infrastructure.”
  • “The Department of the Interior — which is responsible for overseeing the infrastructure — has taken few steps to address cybersecurity risk,” says the GAO.


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