Cyberspace Solarium congressman, water officials decry EPA inaction on cybersecurity

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Jun 8, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP

Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., is sounding the alarm over what he describes as continued inaction by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to bolster the water sector’s cybersecurity defenses.

Langevin, an influential member of the House Homeland Security Committee and the Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC), said in remarks distributed Wednesday that the EPA “faces challenges in meeting its responsibilities” and remains unprepared to defend water infrastructure against cyberattacks.

“Knowing what we know about the cyber threats facing the water sector, this status quo simply cannot continue,” said Langevin, who was speaking at a water sector cybersecurity virtual event hosted by the national security think tank the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD).

The event, which was pre-recorded Friday and distributed to reporters Wednesday, was focused on an FDD-crafted and water industry-supported proposal for a sector-led water risk and resilience organization that would regulate the water sector’s cybersecurity efforts alongside the EPA.

Langevin said that until the EPA is “appropriately resourced and empowered to fulfill its critical mission” as the risk management agency for water, it will be difficult to improve the sector’s security posture. The water sector is widely seen

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