Energy Execs, Biden Talk Cybersecurity

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A host of energy industry executives, including the CEOs of ConocoPhillips, Duke Energy, Southern Co. and Williams, met with US President Joe Biden at the White House on Wednesday to discuss cybersecurity issues in the wake of the Colonial Pipeline shutdown. Biden has announced a number of initiatives aimed at beefing up critical energy infrastructure cybersecurity after the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline in May caused severe fuel supply shortages along the US East Coast (OD May18'21). Earlier this summer, the White House unveiled a new directive aimed at driving cybersecurity standards in public and private initiatives and across the government. Wednesday's meeting included a breakout session with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on safeguards for energy infrastructure, and more informal discussions on “concrete steps” for improving the US “national cyber posture,” a senior administration official told reporters.

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