WASHINGTON— Don Santa, president and CEO of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, today released the following statement in response to an item that appeared in the Industrial Control System Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT)’s April newsletter that said it had identified a number of “cyber intrusions” targeting natural gas pipeline sector companies. ICS-CERT is a division of the Department of Homeland Security:

“INGAA and its members take all security issues, including cyber security, very seriously. We have a good, long-standing working relationship with DHS and its agencies. We are working to reinforce to our members the importance of being vigilant against potential cyber threats.

“To our knowledge, the ‘cyber intrusions’ reported to DHS have had no impact on deliveries or the safety of the pipeline system.

“As ICS-CERT said in its article, this particular cyber campaign was brought to its attention by private-sector company reports, demonstrating that existing government-industry collaborative protocols work. The industry will continue to work with the government to ensure the effectiveness of our system protections.”