EPA Takes Action to Improve Cybersecurity Resilience for Public Water Systems

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March 7, 2023 | Originally published by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on March 3, 2023

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing a memorandum stressing the need for states to assess cybersecurity risk at drinking water systems to protect our public drinking water. While some public water systems (PWSs) have taken important steps to improve their cybersecurity, a recent survey and reports of cyberattacks show that many have not adopted basic cybersecurity best practices and are at risk of cyberattacks — whether from an individual, criminal collective, or a sophisticated state or state-sponsored actor. This memorandum requires states to survey cyber security best practices at PWSs.