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Colonial Pipeline Co. CEO Joseph Blount confronted criticism from quite a few users of Congress this 7 days all through two distinctive hearings on the current ransomware assault.

This week’s Danger & Repeat podcast looks at Colonial Pipeline CEO Joseph Blount’s statements ahead of two distinctive congressional hearings this 7 days pertaining to the current ransomware assault that shook the pipeline organization.

Blount appeared ahead of the Senate Committee on Homeland Stability & Governmental Affairs on Tuesday, and the Household Committee on Homeland Stability on Wednesday, along with Charles Carmakal, senior vice president and CTO at Mandiant. Blount discusses his company’s reaction to the assault and stated why he ultimately built the final decision to pay a $4.4 million ransom to DarkSide threat actors. He and Carmakal also drop gentle on how threat actors obtain original accessibility to the Colonial Pipeline network as a result of an uncovered password for a VPN account.

Blount confronted much more pressure from legislators all through Wednesday’s Household Committee listening to, who questioned the Colonial Pipeline CEO about his final decision not to make contact with the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Stability Company for support and the postponement of a Transportation Stability Administration reviews. In this episode, SearchSecurity editors Rob Wright and Alex Culafi talk about what we acquired all through the hearings, how Blount done under pressure, and if the criticism of his decisions is truthful.