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The cybersecurity survey results released today by the Water Sector Coordinating Council show a mixed picture of cybersecurity preparedness by water and wastewater systems. What’s clear from the data is that much more needs to be done to secure water systems.  
 
This work will take a coordinated effort by utilities, WaterISAC, AMWA and the other sector associations, and our federal partners. Utilities need technical assistance, training, access to cyber threat intelligence, and federal funding assistance to help pay for upgrades.
 
It is incumbent upon the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to expand its cybersecurity program,  work cooperatively with the water sector and leverage the expertise of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to support utilities, particularly small- and medium-sized systems, which have greater challenges.
 
AMWA looks forward to working with Congress, U.S. EPA and CISA to make this happen. We stand ready to offer the perspectives of our sector’s cybersecurity subject matter experts as new initiatives are developed.

 

View the WSCC State of the Sector 2021: Cybersecurity.

Questions may be referred to AMWA’s Michael Arceneaux.