White House Readies Plan to Boost Cybersecurity of Water Supply
Concerns around securing the U.S. water supply are taking on a new sense of urgency due to growing threats against the piece of critical infrastructure that provides clean drinking water to Americans. The Biden administration is preparing to issue guidance for enhancing security protections against malicious attackers that would seek to disrupt the clean water supply. According to the Wall Street Journal, members of the water supply sector are looking at the draft blueprints and evaluating coordination and potential needs to meet the guidance.
As the Wall Street Journal reports, a hacker accessed a water utility control system in February and attempted to contaminate the water supply with oversupplied water treatment. Following that, warnings were issued by U.S. government officials warning of such attacks and mentioning a few others that had recently happened. The plan is for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to work with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to evaluate current defenses and enhance detection capabilities.
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