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Cyber Security for the Water Sector

Cyber Security for the Water Sector

 EPA has released its letter to the White House related to cybersecurity within the water sector.

See a letter from Director Peter Grevatt at: http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/watersecurity/upload/EO_13696_10-b-_EPA_response.pdf

 EPA has indicated the Agency will pursue a voluntary partnership model – rather than  a regulatory approach – to manage cybersecurity risks at water utilities.

 If the voluntary partnership model is not successful in achieving widespread implementation of the Cybersecurity Framework or if warranted by a changing cybersecurity risk profile, the EPA can revisit the option of using general statutory authority to regulate cybersecurity in the Water and Wastewater Systems sector.

 Therefore, I encourage you to use the AWWA guidance and tool, the Process Control System Security Guidance for the Water Sector and the supporting Use-Case Tool found at:

http://www.awwa.org/resources-tools/water-utility-management/cybersecurity-guidance.aspx

 This is in keeping with EPA’s elements of an active and effective protective program at a water utility and this requires a commitment to action as part of an all-hazards risk management strategy as recommended in ANSI/AWWA G430: Security Practices for Operations and Management.

 Patti Kay Wisniewski
Drinking Water Security Coordinator
Drinking Water Branch (3WP21)
US EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Phila, PA 19103

215-814-5668

215-514-7893 (cell)

wisniewski.patti-kay@epa.gov

Visit our updated regional security/preparedness and climate adaptation webpage at: http://www.epa.gov/reg3wapd/drinking/security.htm#climatechange

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