On February 11, 2022, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan warned that new Russian forces continue to arrive at the Ukrainian border and that, “we are in the window when an invasion could happen at any time.” The Water Information Sharing & Analysis Center (WaterISAC) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) believe that Russian hackers may target American water utilities. All water and wastewater system owners and operators should read this alert and the attached advisories and adopt the recommended mitigation actions if needed.
WaterISAC will host a webinar Thursday to cover the basics of cybersecurity culture, including aspects of cybersecurity awareness, insider threats, and physical security. National security experts believe that if the U.S. and other countries issue sanctions on Russia, Russia is likely to retaliate by targeting cyber attacks on U.S. infrastructure, including water and wastewater facilities.
Recommendations from AWBD Operators
AWBD Operators, such as Inframark and MDS, have offered steps that water districts should take to protect their water systems:
AWBD Operators are working to stay up-to-date with the latest cyber security software and protocols. Reference the two advisories below as it relates to the unfolding events:
Office of Intelligence and Analysis Warning of Potential for Cyber Attacks
USEPA WaterISAC Advisory on Cybersecurity Recommendations