WFX Community Resource: Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is a critical element of safe and effective water system management, as well as capacity-building by digitizing and protecting important information. Cybercrimes can place water systems, their employees, and their customers in danger of financial theft, information theft or public health crises. 

Water systems are a vital component of public health and safety, which makes them a target for cybercrime. Cybercriminals can access water system and other networks remotely with only a computer and an internet connection. This allows them to access account information and manipulate automated or digitized processes. causing interruptions in treatment, pumping and distribution. In light of increasing cybersecurity threats, new laws have been passed that require water systems serving more than 3,300 customers to implement cybersecurity measures. 

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) notes that small, rural water systems, who often operate with fewer resources, may struggle with establishing cybersecurity standards, as the process can be time consuming, while threats and attacks continue to increase. 

Read our Community Resource on Cybersecurity to learn more about the opportunities to improve cybersecurity>>