The lessons to be learned from the Colonial Pipeline attack

Last month, the operators of the Colonial Pipeline, which provides roughly 45 percent of the US East Coast with gasoline and jet fuel, were struck by a ransomware attack that forced the company to shut down. Within hours, attackers who identified themselves as DarkSide, a criminal cyber gang, took credit for the attack and threatened to leak sensitive information from the stolen data unless a ransom was paid in full by the business.

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John Smith is Director of Solution Architects EMEA & APAC at Veracode.

While the attack in question was not a sophisticated one, it left large portions of the US East Coast without a supply of fuel, creating disastrous problems for millions of people in the impacted areas. It left many wondering why such critical IT infrastructure wasn’t better protected from the risk of cyberattack.

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