Colonial Pipeline announced on Tuesday that Adam Tice has joined the company as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).
Tice recently led security operations, detection and response, threat intelligence, and investigations at Silicon Valley Bank.
Tice will oversee and be responsible for Colonial Pipeline’s information and data security program, the company said.
The hire comes nearly 10 months after the company was hit by a high-profile ransomware attack that sparked the company to proactively take certain systems offline and halt all pipeline operations.
The May 2021 attack involved the Darkside ransomware and resulted in the Georgia-based company temporarily shutting down operations and paying $4.4 million to the attackers to recover stolen information. Most of the money was recovered, the US announced in June.
“American businesses, both large and small, are increasingly becoming a target of nation-state actors or cyber criminals with a variety of motives. As we saw with the various cybersecurity incidents last year, one bad day can cause a ripple effect across the country,” said Adam Tice. “What’s important in a post-breach environment is the willingness to invest in technology, talent and infrastructure to come back from an incident even stronger. I’m looking forward to being a part of the Colonial team and delivering on this important mission to keep our critical infrastructure safe.”
Tice developed expertise in navigating post-breach environments when he joined Equifax as the Senior Vice President of Cyber Operations after their 2017 incident. In this role, he helped to build and cultivate a team of more than 130 security professionals while working to help mature and enhance the organization’s security program. Earlier in his career, he worked as a consultant at leading cybersecurity consulting firm, Mandiant, and at defense contractor Lockheed Martin.
Tice earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Management in 2000 from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina.
The Colonial Pipeline is the largest refined products pipeline in the United States, transporting more than 100 million gallons of fuel daily through a pipeline system that spans more than 5,500 miles between Houston, Texas and Linden, New Jersey.