Cyber Competency and Readiness at WRRFs

The Water Sector reliance on process control systems, industrial internet of things, cloud services, and other connected technology have increased as have the cyber threats and vulnerabilities.  In the recent update of the 2017 Roadmap to a Secure and Resilient Water and Wastewater Sector developed under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council (CIPAC) Strategic Roadmap Work Group that included representatives of the Water Government Coordinating Council (WGCC) and those from the WSCC community of critical infrastructure in the “Water and Wastewater Systems Sector” (one of 16 critical infrastructure sectors identified by DHS), cyber threats remains among the top 4 priorities for the sector. There is a continued need for cybersecurity education, tools, and resources in the sector. According to the Roadmap, “compounding this need is the continued uptake of automation and information technology dependent advancements that, while improving business and operational performance, can impart additional sector vulnerabilities. Maintaining focus on cybersecurity and automated process control dependencies and recognizing the differing impacts of cyber-attacks to business and operational systems remain a critical part of helping the Water and Wastewater Sector to withstand a cyber-attack or other technology failure.”  This webcast will provide insights on tools to assist the sector in cyber competency and readiness.

Speakers:

  • Don Dickinson, Senior Business Development Manager - Water Sector, Phoenix Contact USA
  • Daniel C. Schmelling, Ph.D., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Kevin Morley, Ph.D., American Water Works Association
  • David Chamberlain (Moderator), P.Eng., BDS, Vice President & General Manager, Eramosa Engineering Inc.

There will be up to 2.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) offered for this webcast. Please check with your state accreditation agency to determine if you qualify. The PDH instructions will be sent to all attendees 24 hours after the webcast has ended.