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Keeping Our Control Systems Secure

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Advanced technology has revolutionized how we do business. However, expanded capabilities present new challenges as well. Cyber security is now a constant concern. This is especially true for water and wastewater utilities. Highly developed control equipment and electronic communications capabilities make utilities more efficient and productive but can also leave these organizations “virtually vulnerable.” Of particular concern: SCADA systems, where a compromise can cause considerable risk for the environment, economy, and public well-being.

Responding to potential control system security risks surrounding advanced technology, the water sector has taken action to help secure the nation's water/wastewater by improving control system cyber security and maintaining public confidence in their ability to operate their automated systems.

Among the most notable security projects underway to keep our control systems secure are the Control System Cyber Security Self Assessment Tool (CS2SAT) as well as the Roadmap to Secure Control Systems in the Water Sector.

Keywords: SCADA; advanced technology; control systems; cyber security; risk; security

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2009

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