White House, EPA release 100-day cybersecurity plan for water utility operators

The White House, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) are rolling out a 100-day plan to improve the cybersecurity of the country’s water systems, which faced a variety of attacks over the last year. 

The “Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Initiative — Water and Wastewater Sector Action Plan” includes several measures that officials believe can be taken in the next few months to address cybersecurity gaps within the water utility industry. 

The plan will create a task force of leaders in the water utility industry, kickstart incident monitoring pilot programs, improve information sharing and provide technical support to water systems in need of help. 

EPA Administrator Michael Regan said cyberattacks represent an “increasing threat to water systems and thereby the safety and security of our communities.”

“As cyber-threats become more sophisticated, we need a more coordinated and modernized approach to protecting the water systems that support access to clean and safe water in America,” Regan said. “EPA is committed to working with our federal partners and using our authorities to support the water sector in detecting, responding to, and recovering from cyber-incidents.”

The White House said the plan will offer owners and operators with technology that will provide “near real-time

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