Blog > Automation > Beyond Leaks and Breaks: New Cybersecurity Guide for Water and Wastewater Systems Sector
2/7/24 | Billy Hayes & Paul Sainato, IIoT Business Development Managers
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published a guide to assist owners and operators in the Water and Wastewater Systems (WWS) sector with a roadmap to preparing for, detecting, and responding to a cyberattack.
The guide details real-life incidents like a Maine utility losing control of critical processes from a compromised SCADA system. Another incident at a California facility involved a ransomware attack that went undetected for a month. More recently, a Pennsylvania facility was hit by a ransomware attack that compromised one of their PLCs. It’s believed the devices were accessed by exploiting cybersecurity weaknesses, such as poor password security and exposure to the internet.
The guide covers the four stages of the incident response lifecycle, which we’ve summarized for you below.
By following the guidance outlined in the Incident Response Guide for the WWS, you can strengthen your cybersecurity defenses and protect the vital water and wastewater systems we rely on. If you need help or support securing your critical infrastructure, contact us today.
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