By: Hannah PellIn early May 2021, a ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline caused massive disruption to the East Coast’s fuel supply. Unfortunately, the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline is not the first directed at energy systems, and likely will not be the last. With our increasing reliance on digital technology, cybersecurity is of critical importance, even prompting a recent executive order from the Biden administration. I can’t help but wonder: are such large-scale data breaches the new normal? In the Colonial Pipeline case, the DarkSide-affiliated hackers gained access through the company’s virtual private network (VPN) with one single compromised password.