Cyberattack 'Wake-Up Call' Puts Pipeline Industry in Hot Seat

“Our energy infrastructure is under attack,”’ Cantwell said. “A year ago, I called for a comprehensive assessment of cyber attacks to our grid by Russians. We don’t need rhetoric at this point – we need action.”

The threat appears to be widespread. Two years ago, the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, said its firewall system blocks 25,000 cyberattacks a day.

Though the energy industry and regulators are looking more closely at cybersecurity risks, the shift may not be happening fast enough, said Edgard Capdevielle, chief executive officer of Nozomi Networks Inc. in San Francisco, a company that provides cybersecurity applications for customers including power producers and oil and gas pipeline operators.

The industry’s perception is that addressing energy cyber threats “is important, but mañana is OK,” said Capdevielle. “Mañana is not OK.”

With assistance from Jordan Robertson. To contact the reporter on this story: Naureen S. Malik in New York at To contact the editors responsible for this story: Reg Gale at Christine Buurma, Carlos Caminada.


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