Post Tagged with: "cybersecurity"

Fitch Ratings: Operational technology cyberattacks are a credit risk for utilities

Fitch Ratings: Operational technology cyberattacks are a credit risk for utilities

May 24, 2022 at 12:19 pm 0 comments

Cyberattacks on industrial control systems/operational technology are more likely to have a credit and ESG impact than a corresponding attack on IT, Fitch Ratings says. Operational technology (OT) systems are vital production technologies that prioritize product or service availability and human safety and are often found in critical infrastructure environments.Read More

House approves bill to enhance cyber information sharing among state, local governments

House approves bill to enhance cyber information sharing among state, local governments

May 23, 2022 at 8:54 am 0 comments

Under a bill approved by the House of Representatives, state, local, territorial and tribal governments would be able to receive training and information about “cybersecurity threat indicators and response actions” from the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) at the Department of Homeland Security. According to an update fromRead More

AWWA testifies on new approach to cybersecurity threats

AWWA testifies on new approach to cybersecurity threats

April 27, 2022 at 7:00 am 0 comments

In a hearing in early April, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) testified on the issue of cybersecurity before the House Committee on Homeland Security, asserting a new approach is needed that “sets minimum cybersecurity standards for all types of water systems.” The hearing was titled “Mobilizing our Cyber Defenses: Securing CriticalRead More

High Tech, High Stakes: How Vulnerable to Cyberattacks Is U.S. Water Infrastructure?

High Tech, High Stakes: How Vulnerable to Cyberattacks Is U.S. Water Infrastructure?

April 11, 2022 at 6:05 am 0 comments

By Andrew Farr According to government officials, security experts and persistent media reports, all signs indicate that cybersecurity is an issue that is here to stay and puts U.S. infrastructure squarely in the crosshairs of hackers and foreign governments. Recently the issue has been heightened by the war in UkraineRead More

A U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sign stands at Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Financing for the DHS is set to lapse after Friday and the agency would face a partial shutdown unless Congress provides new money. More than 200,000 government employees deemed essential at DHS, including Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers, would still have to report to their posts, even though their pay would stop unless Congress finds a solution. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Report: Senate approves new cyber incident reporting rules

March 7, 2022 at 8:49 am 0 comments

Amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and escalating concerns about potential cyberattacks, the Senate last week unanimously approved a package of cybersecurity legislation that includes provisions that would require certain critical infrastructure owners and operators to promptly report cyber intrusions to DHS. While water and wastewater systems are not specifically referenced in theRead More

Commentary: For Better Water System Security, We Need More Carrots, Not Sticks

Commentary: For Better Water System Security, We Need More Carrots, Not Sticks

March 2, 2022 at 6:00 am 0 comments

By Charlie Moskowitz It has been another record-breaking year for cybersecurity incidents. According to Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) research, data breaches in just the first nine months of 2021 surpassed all breaches in 2020 by 17 percent. Many of these incidents have been met with a collective shrug fromRead More

Water sector groups oppose EPA’s plans for cyber audits in sanitary surveys

Water sector groups oppose EPA’s plans for cyber audits in sanitary surveys

December 17, 2021 at 3:37 pm 0 comments

In December, several water sector associations wrote to EPA Assistant Administrator for Water Radhika Fox to express concern and opposition to the agency’s plans to incorporate cybersecurity audits as part of utility sanitary surveys. The EPA proposal was included in its FY22 budget request to Congress and officials have beenRead More

Xylem, Dragos partner on cybersecurity services for water

Xylem, Dragos partner on cybersecurity services for water

October 8, 2021 at 4:49 pm 0 comments

Water technology company, Xylem Inc., and Dragos, Inc., a provider of cybersecurity solutions for industrial controls systems (ICS)/operational technology (OT) environments, are partnering to bring “best-in-class industrial cybersecurity” to critical infrastructure in the water sector.  The agreement will see Xylem and Dragos offering co-branded incident response and incident prevention servicesRead More

What a Successful National Water Strategy Looks Like & Why It Matters

What a Successful National Water Strategy Looks Like & Why It Matters

June 23, 2021 at 1:46 pm 0 comments

By Will Sarni It is estimated that currently 844 million people live without clean water, and 2.3 billion people do not have access to basic sanitation, according to water.org. Water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of the world’s population, and this figure is projected to rise due to increasedRead More

Cybersecurity & How One Utility Is Protecting Its County’s Most Precious Resource

Cybersecurity & How One Utility Is Protecting Its County’s Most Precious Resource

June 18, 2021 at 9:57 am 0 comments

By Sielen Namdar Traveling through the dry desert of the American west, no ponds, lakes, creeks or even puddles to be seen, you might never expect a sprawling system of thousands of miles of water supply pipelines sitting just under your feet. These pipelines are bringing water to large metropolitanRead More