As eyes lock in on the federal government’s response to the cyberattack on the Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline, fast-tracking regulation would toughen any future development of critical energy infrastructure, according to API’s manager of operations security and emergency response, Suzanne Lemieux.

“Any regulatory action right now is premature,” Lemieux said during API’s Cybersecurity Preparedness briefing on May 11. “I say premature if it’s in reaction to this particular event because we’re still in the event. Ransomware affects everyone, so singling out the pipeline sector for cybersecurity standards, when we don’t even really know the details of this incident is premature.”

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