Mark Weatherford, North Carolina, Congress discussed on Marketplace
In North Carolina and nearly 70% of the pumps in Washington, D. C. This comes five days after the colonial pipeline resumed operations after a ransomware hack forced a shutdown. Tomorrow, Congress will launch a pipeline security bill to prevent future outages, But critics say it's still missing some major safeguards. Marketplaces. Scott Tom kicks us off when something goes wrong with the pipeline like the Colonial pipeline hat companies do not have to tell the government what happened. Electricity companies do and if there's a plane incident, airlines have to open up the government investigators says Rob Can AKI is a former top cyber security aide to President Obama. They will be doing everything they could to understand what happened, and then they would rapidly be sharing that information with other airlines so those airlines could prevent the same thing from happening. To that. That's not at all what's happening with this pipeline incident. Instead, it's a voluntary system of protecting data and sharing information. There are no government mandates for finds just recommendations. In the bill in Congress would keep it That way. Thing is a recent survey of pipeline companies found that just 8% actively share information with the rest of the industry and the government. That's a woefully low number. Andy Lee at the law firm Jones Walker did the survey. There's not enough carriage and there are too few sticks to ensure that Our pipeline industry. Stakeholders are actively engaging in the budgets fan to make sure that they're safe. This isn't a new fight. Nine years ago, oil and gas lobbyist fought off mandatory rules and now energy trade groups are against, saying the industry should oversee itself. Mark Weatherford is dubious his strategy head at the National Cybersecurity Center, which advises government officials. I am not a fan of regulation, and he'd just say it like this, but you know, it's been proven over and over again that Companies are simply not going to self regulate. When the public safety is at stake, he says. The government needs a bigger role in Washington. I'm Scott Tong for Marketplace..