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February 11, 2016

Are water utilities vulnerable to a cyberattack?

In a recent GOVERNING article “As Water Utilities Move Online, Hackers Take Note,” columnist Tod Newcombe says water utilities are increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks.

“In fact, water utilities were most likely to have reported what Department of Homeland of Security categorizes as an advanced persistent threat, which involves exploiting flaws in software programs that run water valves and controls, among other things. The worst kind of these attacks can go undetected for long periods of time,” he writes.

Read what experts say has to happen in order to protect infrastructure and manage costs to maintain backup systems in Newcombe’s article here.

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Drinking Water Field Services Lead
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