Colonial Pipeline CEO Joseph Blount told lawmakers Tuesday he was "disappointed" to hear the Department of Homeland Security cybersecurity agency raised concerns about communications between the company and the federal agency.
Last month, DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency acting director Brandon Wales testified that his agency was brought in by the FBI, not Colonial. Wales told Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio at the previous hearing he did not think that Colonial would have contacted CISA directly, if not for the FBI reaching out.
When pressed, Wales said that there’s a "benefit when CISA is brought in quickly" because the agency can share it in a broader fashion to protect other critical infrastructure.
On Tuesday, Blount said his company has historically maintained communication with CISA.
"I was somewhat disappointed when I heard that they felt like if we hadn't gone in and contacted them the first day with the FBI that we would not have contacted them separately," Blount said.