Colonial Pipeline: A Threat to U.S. Security

Cybersecurity: A Top Priority for all U.S. Companies

American Businesses are under a cybersecurity attack every three seconds. On May 7th, 2021, the U.S. suffered from one of the biggest cyber-attacks ever recorded. The recent ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline is believed to have been carried out by a Russian cyber-hacking group. It is speculated to be one of the most troublesome cyber-attacks in history. Affecting nearly 5,500 miles of valuable fuel pipeline to the East Coast, concerns about the effects of this cyber-attack on the economy are growing. NBC News confirmed that the Energy Department is leading the government’s response. Officials are taking quick actions to contain the threat of another attack and ensure Colonial Pipeline operations return to normal as quickly as possible.

Colonial Pipeline’s current position makes it abundantly clear that no one is entirely safe from a cyber-attack. P-CAP’s Executive Director Dr. Marcus Rogers points out, “The recent and ongoing cyber-attack on the Colonial pipeline underscores how vulnerable the U.S.’s critical infrastructure is and how important it is that the U.S. has a highly-skilled cybersecurity workforce to help protect against these kinds of attacks.” American companies desperately need capable cybersecurity professionals to create a proactive protection force to stay ahead of ongoing risks. The unfortunate reality is hackers are not slowing down to wait for companies to catch up. Dr. Rogers emphasizes, “U.S. businesses across all sectors are targets for cyber attackers that could be government-sponsored or lone actors. The Colonial Pipeline attack will not be the last that we see in the U.S.”

The Purdue Cyber Apprenticeship Program is built to provide a clear pathway for companies to have qualified cybersecurity professionals working to protect their sensitive information. Companies big and small are seeing the devastating aftermath attacks like this could bring to their businesses if open positions are left unfilled.

“All indications show that these types of activities will be increasing as the geopolitical climate becomes more volatile. P-CAP is an excellent example of how businesses can tap into a pool of highly motivated individuals either eager to start their careers in cybersecurity or who want to step up to that next level. While the weakened economy has caused most businesses to be reluctant to either look for new hires or skill up their current employees, the recent events clearly illustrate that our adversaries are not waiting for the economy to fully recover before attacking us. We need to act now.” – Dr. Marcus Rogers, P-CAP Executive Director, Assistant Dean for Cybersecurity Initiatives for Purdue Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University and Chief Scientist for Tippecanoe County High Tech Crime Unit at the Purdue University/Tippecanoe County Prosecutor’s Office.

Companies without a sufficient cybersecurity workforce will need to act quickly to keep themselves protected. Over the next few years, businesses will be competing to hire the few cybersecurity professionals graduating from universities without an existing job offer. However, The Purdue Cyber Apprenticeship Program is ahead of the curve. P-CAP’s program has existing, qualified candidates ready to be a part of an apprenticeship program. P-CAP additionally provides a pathway for companies to upskill their current workforce. Get in front of the risk. Contact us today to learn more about the Purdue Cyber Apprenticeship Program.