Water Systems Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks

March 20, 2024

On March 19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Security Council (NSC) issued an announcement regarding the protection of our nation’s water infrastructure from cyber threats.

Disabling cyberattacks are striking water and wastewater systems throughout the United States. These attacks, carried out by both countries and criminals, have the potential to disrupt the critical lifeline of clean and safe drinking water, as well as impose significant costs on affected communities.

GMA encourages cities with water systems to stay informed and take necessary measures to protect their water infrastructure from cyber threats.

EPA Administrator Michael Regan and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan sent a joint letter to all U.S. Governors, inviting state environmental, health, and homeland security Secretaries to a virtual convening on Thursday, March 21, 2024. This meeting aims to discuss current federal and state efforts to promote cybersecurity practices within the water sector and highlight priority gaps that require immediate action.

The collaboration between federal, state and local water systems is important in effectively addressing these risks. EPA intends to establish a Water Sector Cybersecurity Task Force to identify immediate actions and strategies to mitigate cyber risks nationwide.

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