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 AGA Applauds Policy Guidance on Cyber Threat Information Sharing and Antitrust   


Washington, D.C. – The American Gas Association (AGA) today applauded the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for their guidance regarding cyber threat information sharing and antitrust. The policy states that antitrust concerns are not raised when companies share cyber threat information with each other.

 “I commend DOJ and FTC for taking the lead on this important issue,” said Dave McCurdy, president and CEO of AGA. “This policy guidance provides clarification and certainty where it has been needed, and is an important step in setting the stage for critical dialogue among the key players on this subject.”

 Additionally, the guidance states that prior antitrust compliance principles apply equally to Information Sharing and Analysis Centers (ISAC), emphasizing that such information exchanges have “the potential to greatly improve the safety of our systems.” ISACs are trusted entities established by critical infrastructure owner/operators to provide comprehensive sector analysis, which may be shared within the sector, with other sectors, and with government. ISACs take an all-hazards approach with services including risk mitigation, incident response, alert and information sharing. The goal is to provide users with accurate, timely, actionable, and relevant information. AGA is currently working with its members to develop the Downstream Natural Gas ISAC, designed to help natural gas operators strengthen their situational awareness and security posture.

McCurdy added: “Only through an environment that fosters increased operator awareness of cyber attacks, and intrusion activities, increased information sharing and increased training, can operators deploy customized and appropriate cybersecurity countermeasures.”

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The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States. There are more than 71 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 94 percent — over 68 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets almost one-fourth of the United States' energy needs.

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