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CISA to Congress: US Under Threat of Chemical Attacks

November 29, 2023


CISA warned this week that facilities maintaining dangerous chemicals across the US are no longer receiving adequate security support.

Compared with such industries as energy, water, and telecoms, cybersecurity professionals tend to be less au courant with the chemicals sector, despite the physical and cybersecurity threats it faces.

CISA used to plug that gap with its Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). In CISA’s own words, CFATS “identifies and regulates high-risk facilities to ensure security measures are in place to reduce the risk that certain dangerous chemicals are weaponized by terrorists.” But on July 28, Congress allowed the statutory authority of the CFATS program to expire.

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