CISA/FBI Provide Best Practices for Preventing Business Disruption from Ransomware Attacks

HIPAA Journal

Steve Alder

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have issued an alert about DarkSide ransomware in the wake of the attack on the fuel pipeline company Colonial Pipeline.

The cyberattack caused major disruption to fuel supplies to the East Coast. Colonial Pipeline was forced to shut down systems to contain the threat, including the operational technology of its 5,500-mile pipeline which supplies diesel, gasoline, and jet fuel to the U.S. East Coast. The four main pipelines were shut down over the weekend, and while smaller pipelines were quickly restored, the main pipelines have remained shut down pending safety assessments. The pipelines transport around 2.5 million barrels of fuel a day and provide 45% of the East Coast’s fuel.

The attack affected...

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