North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology


In the past two decades, the United States has increased the production and use of natural gas to fuel every day American life. This increase has resulted in the construction of millions of miles of natural gas pipelines. While this development has produced a number of benefits, natural gas pipelines have introduced the threat of cyberattacks on natural gas infrastructure. This substantial threat is currently managed by voluntary guidelines promulgated by the Transportation Security Administration (“TSA”). While the private industry is satisfied to maintain the status quo and leave these threats essentially self-regulated, voluntary guidelines are not sufficient to defend against the cybersecurity threats posed to natural gas pipelines. This Recent Development proposes that cybersecurity standards should become mandatory and that the Department of Energy, not TSA, is the proper agency to promulgate mandatory cybersecurity regulations.

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