Emergency and disaster management briefing for December 3, 2021: The TSA issued a new directive to railroads that will require cybersecurity incidents to be reported within 24 hours; 700 of the 2,800 buildings on Grand Isle are slated for demolition; A new directive will allow rail carriers temporary, emergency access to other trackage in just 5 days; increased seismic activity has been observed on La Palma and an Ash Advisory was in effect for Friday; PG&E must pay $125 million in fines for starting the Kincaid Fire in 2019; a significant update to the National EMS Education Standards was just released; a suspicious package was discovered outside the Oroville Sports Club; and a CISA SED webinar will highlight DHS’ Blue Campaign and help participants learn to recognize indicators of human trafficking.

A new directive for railroads addressing cybersecurity was issued by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on December 2. The new directive takes effect December 31, and instructs all freight rail operators to report any cybersecurity incident within 24 hours. The new directive also requires railways to designate a cybersecurity coordinator, conduct a vulnerability assessment, and develop an incident response plan. Similar directives were issued for both passenger rail and public transport operators and is meant to help protect the public and critical infrastructure.

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