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During the wake of the SolarWinds supply chain attack, ransomware affected the colonial pipeline, including President Biden’s cybersecurity executive order. The United States House committee on Homeland Security then cleared five bipartisan bills, which sought to address cybersecurity and work on improving the defenses of state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) governments and its critical infrastructure entities. This resulted in the shutting down of the company’s 5,500- mile fuel pipeline, which delivers 45% of the fuel required by the East Coast. Although a ransom was paid to the DarkSide ransomware gang, the fuel pipeline remained closed for another 5 days. Affecting fuel supply. This attack highlighted major vulnerabilities in cybersecurity, which needs to be addressed to help improve national security.