EPA Puts Teeth Into Water Sector Cyber Efforts

The agency plans to get more serious about enforcement as Iran and Russia step up the volume of cyberattacks on water systems nationwide.

Dark Reading, Staff & Contributors

June 6, 2024

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Nearly 70% of the United States' community drinking water systems fails to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — including the cybersecurity standards that it lays out. New EPA enforcement plans aim to turn that around.

According to an EPA alert out this week, Russia and Iran in particular have stepped up cyberattacks on the nation's water systems, "to a point where additional action is critical." The agency pointed to a rash of critical cybersecurity vulnerabilities of concern, including default passwords that have not been updated and single logins that can easily be compromised.

The stakes are notably high. "Possible impacts include disrupting the treatment, distribution, and storage of water for the community, damaging pumps and valves, and altering the levels of chemicals to hazardous amounts," the agency said.

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