The U.S. is beefing up cybersecurity of the water supply as part of its critical infrastructure agenda, according to Reuters (subscription).
The problem: The electronic networks that regulate automated water supply are susceptible to cyberattacks, with potential hazards including unsafe water, obstruction of water flow and infrastructural damage. In 2021, for example, hackers interrupted the computer system of a water treatment facility, seeking to add a dangerous additive to a water supply that reaches 15,000 people near Tampa, Florida.
The action: “The administration’s plan will push for the adoption of new technologies that offer early detection of cyber threats, improve response to such incidents and provide the sharing of such data with the U.S. government.”
The team: Initiatives around water safety and security will include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Water Sector Coordinating Council. Water utilities will not be required to participate.
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