CGA Joins Canada-U.S. Physical, Cyber Security Information Sharing Network
Ottawa - The Canadian Gas Association has joined a network that facilitates information sharing between Canadian and U.S. natural gas delivery companies to support the continued safe and reliable supply of energy to customers.
The Downstream Natural Gas Information Sharing and Analysis Centre (DNG ISAC) is a non-profit organization that serves Canadian and U.S. natural gas delivery companies by facilitating communications between members, government and other critical infrastructure sectors. The DNG ISAC provides secure and timely physical and cyber threat information and indicators, provides analysis coordination, and summarizes industry-affecting information.
Formed in 2014, members of the DNG-ISAC include the American Gas Association, the Canadian Gas Association and the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America. The DNG ISAC recently established a formal relationship with the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre and shares information with the RCMP. Greg Johnston, President of AltaGas Utilities Inc. and member of the CGA Board of Directors, is a member of the DNG ISAC Board of Directors.
“Natural gas distribution companies are committed to the safe, secure and reliable delivery of natural gas to the 6.8 million customers who rely on it to meet their daily energy needs. CGA and our members are proud to join the DNG ISAC. We firmly believe that partnerships like this one between the private sector and governments are key to addressing physical and cyber security threats to critical infrastructure.”
Timothy M. Egan
President and CEO
Canadian Gas Association
“The cybercriminals that seek to do us harm do not recognize borders and so our efforts to detect and mitigate their attacks must be open to all those who are affected and can play a role in enhancing our defenses. Giving all natural gas distribution and transmission companies access to real-time, actionable information, security alerts and analysis enables them to better secure their cyber and physical assets. This combination of vigilance and coordination makes our industry stronger.”
President and CEO
American Gas Association
CGA is the voice of Canada’s natural gas distribution industry and its members are distribution companies, transmission companies, equipment manufacturers and other service providers. Natural gas has a central place in Canada’s energy mix meeting 36 per cent of the country’s energy needs. Today 6.8 million customers representing well over 20 million Canadians rely on natural gas for heat and power in homes, businesses, hospitals and schools.
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 73 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 95 percent — more than 69 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets more than one-fourth of the United States' energy needs.