Hackers, Viruses, and Storms, Oh My!
The Water Information Sharing and Analysis Center (WaterISAC) is the only all-threats security information source for the water and wastewater sector. WaterISAC is the most comprehensive and targeted single point source for data, facts, case studies, and analysis on water security and threats from intentional contamination, terrorism and cyber crime. Most importantly, WaterISAC was created for our industry in 2002 by the leading water and wastewater national associations and research foundations in the U.S. The National Rural Water Association is one of those partners.
To supplement their threat analysis, WaterISAC is asking utilities to respond to its survey asking about physical and cyber incidents and suspicious activities they've experienced in the past quarter, from April 1 to June 30, 2021. WaterISAC will share with any utilities that complete the survey its next Quarterly Water Sector Incident Summary report. Even if you have no incidents to report, WaterISAC is asking utilities to complete the survey simply indicating that you experienced no incidents (you will still receive a copy of the report). The survey is designed to take just a few minutes. You do not have to be a member of Water ISAC to participate. The response deadline is Friday, July 23.
Providing this information helps keep the sector and its partners apprised of the threats facing water and wastewater utilities, helping to inform the prioritization of preparedness measures that can prove critical to prevention, mitigation, and response efforts. Still, WaterISAC understands incidents and suspicious activities constitute sensitive information. Only WaterISAC staff see the full responses and, for the report and any other products it develops, it maintains the confidentiality of utilities to include by omitting their names, locations, and other details that could be used to identify them. The report will be marked TLP:AMBER, which recipients may only share with members of their own organization and with clients and customers who need to know the information to protect themselves or prevent further harm.
WaterISAC has included further details about how it maintains respondents’ confidentiality and protects the information on the first page of the survey. It also welcomes any questions you might have, which can be submitted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 866-H2O-ISAC.