Water Sector Cybersecurity Strategy Workgroup Releases Report

July 30, 2015

Laws & Regs

In April, the Water Sector Cybersecurity Strategy Workgroup of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council (CIPAC) released its final report and recommendations.

The group was brought together by the Water Sector Coordinating Council and Government Coordinating Council to improve resiliency in the water and wastewater systems sector. The group developed a strategy to promote the use of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.

The workgroup developed this cybersecurity framework using a neutral, third party facilitation team. Members of the workgroup included representatives from large and small drinking water and wastewater systems; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; DHS; and other federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial agencies.

The report recommends approaches to outreach and training, identifies and assesses gaps in available tools and resources, and identifies measures of success for tracking and reporting to indicate the extent of use of the cybersecurity framework in the water sector.

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