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Cyber attacks can shut down critical infrastructure. It's time to make cyber security compulsory

By Richard Oloruntoba, Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management & Supply Chain Management Lead, Curtin University
Nik Thompson, Associate Professor of Information Systems, Curtin University
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On May 7, a pipeline system carrying almost half the fuel used on the east coast of the United States was crippled by a major cyber attack. The five-day shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline resulted in widespread fuel shortages and panic-buying as Virginia, North Carolina and Florida declared a state of emergency.

The attack highlights how vulnerable critical infrastructure such as fuel pipelines are in an era of growing cyber security threats. In Australia, we believe the time…

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