Natural gas pipelines, which move 25 percent of the energy consumed daily in the United States, are critical infrastructure. We understand how important it is for this transportation network – and our computer systems – to be secure, reliable and resilient.

Whether the threat is natural causes, terrorist activities, careless excavation or a computer hack, the inherent design and operation of the natural gas pipeline system reduces the probability that an incident will have a major adverse impact on the nation. 

The industry is working diligently on two fronts: cybersecurity and physical security. 

In both cases, our primary concern is the well-being and safety of people. The second, broader concern is the consequences of a loss of gas service to the thousands of individuals, businesses, industries and electric generators that rely directly or indirectly on the supply provided by the interstate pipeline.

The natural gas pipeline industry has taken concrete steps to safeguard critical facilities against terrorist and cyber threats, and to ensure the ability to recover from any incident – including weather-related events like a hurricane or a flood – on an expedited basis.

On the cybersecurity front, our members protect the computer systems that operate the pipeline – their Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system – against any attacks. On the physical security side, fences, routine patrols and 24/7 monitoring protect above-ground facilities, like compressor and meter stations, 

INGAA members routinely hold briefings and workshops to discuss security concerns, and we have developed industry guidelines and best practices to protect facilities and data. We also run simulations to help prepare to recover in the event of a natural disaster and work closely with government agencies to share threat information and best practices.