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Hot Tapping, Protests, and Attacks: Protecting Pipelines from Physical Phenomena

Of all damage that interferes with pipeline operations, only 7.2 percent include instances of purposeful outside interference such as physical attacks, which can be carried out by any number of actors—from domestic extremists to protesters and more.

“A lot of that has shifted to much more of the environmental NGOs and the activists,” says Don Greenwood, manager of corporate security for TC Energy, a major North American energy infrastructure company. “That’s probably our greatest risk, and it’s our greatest risk to our projects and the ability for the industry, as well as TC Energy, to be able to develop more pipelines and larger pipelines.”

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Pipeline networks “are vulnerable to cyber-attacks due to legacy (industrial control systems) that lack updated security controls and the dispersed nature of pipeline…networks spanning urban and outlying areas,” according to the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA). As aspects of operational and information technology become further integrated, those industrial control systems (ICSs) become a bigger target for cyber attackers.

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Security Technology: Rising Resilience

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Bonus: Understanding the Diversity Dividend

Diversity, equity, and inclusion isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do, says Rachel Briggs, OBE, one of the researchers behind a new report from the ASIS Foundation. And she’s not the only one saying it—scientific research has backed this view for years, especially for private organizations and enterprises. But what is the benefit for security professionals, and how can they take the next step to build a more diverse, resilient, and exemplary security team?

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