Pipelines are an efficient and safe means of transporting materials—many of which are flammable or toxic. The U.S. pipeline infrastructure is critical to the functioning of the Nation’s economy. Composed of more than 2.7 million miles of pipeline, this vast network is responsible for transporting natural gas, liquid fuels, and other commodities for use in homes and businesses such as airports, power plants, farms, and refineries.
As automation drives pipeline owners and operators to rely on an increasingly complex web of interconnected devices to run their business and operational systems (e.g., industrial control systems), they must also implement security measures to protect their pipeline operations from evolving and emerging cyber risks.
As government departments and agencies take a more active role in pipeline cybersecurity, the PCI and its activities are transitioning to enduring programs in TSA and CISA to build on the success of the initiative. For questions regarding pipeline cybersecurity, please email CISA Central.
In October 2018, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) created the Pipeline Cybersecurity Initiative (PCI) and charged CISA with addressing cybersecurity risks to the Nation’s pipeline infrastructure—with a focus on oil and natural gas (ONG) pipelines. CISA is working to help pipeline owners and operators prepare for, respond to, and mitigate significant cyber events.