Pipe companies are expected to face mandatory cybersecurity requirements following the recent ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has given them voluntary guidelines in the past, but now the Biden administration says new actions will be taken soon.
Senior leaders tell the Washington Post that the changes would include forcing pipe operators to report certain cyber attacks to the Department of Homeland Security.
This ransomware attack also draws attention to the need for more cybersecurity workers.
A global association for IT professionals recently found that 61% of people say their cybersecurity teams are unstaffed and 55% say they are not in cybersecurity positions.
President Joe Biden said after the pipeline attack that more investment needs to be made in training and graduating more people qualified in cybersecurity.
“There is more awareness, but I think more education is needed so that young people know that it is a viable career path. It is a topic with a lot of need and demand, and it will probably be one of those fields that creates an incredible opportunity, you know, of making and saving money and having a family and all these things that people, some people struggle with today, ”said Shaun McAlmont, Ed.D., president of Career Learning Solutions at Stride Inc.
McAlmont leads a career program through Stride Inc. The program allows students to gain knowledge about cybersecurity from high school. He says there is a real benefit to introducing children to the field soon to bring more diversity and address biases.
“They have the vision that they can see themselves at work, especially when they talk to someone in the industry. Without this vision of himself at work, to be successful, to work in technological things, he is a foreigner, ”said McAlmont.
He says the pandemic has also made cybersecurity training more accessible for adults as well as for people who may be looking to change careers. This is due to the number of flexible online programs.
“It allows you to continue with the other parts of your life as you learn. I think it’s absolutely critical, you know, as we move toward filling in some of these skills gaps. And that access is even more critical for underrepresented populations, ”McAlmont said.
In some cases, the training lasts only six months.
It’s something we’ve seen haunt more people in fields like the catering industry during the pandemic.