NIST Releases Proposal for Improving Water Utility Cybersecurity
Thursday, November 10, 2022 | Comments

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) published for comment a draft project description, titled “Securing Water and Wastewater Utilities: Cybersecurity for the Water and Wastewater Systems Sector” for comment.

The NCCoE is seeking feedback from all stakeholders in the water and wastewater utilities sector. In its efforts to ensure the guidance can benefit the broadest audience, the NCCOE is especially interested in hearing from water utilities of all sizes: small, medium and large. The public comment period is open until December 19.

Many U.S. water and wastewater systems (WWS) sector stakeholders are using data-enabled capabilities to improve utility management, operations and service delivery. The increasing adoption of network-enabled technologies by the sector merits the development of best-practices, guidance, and solutions to ensure that the cybersecurity posture of facilities is safeguarded.

The NCCoE project will demonstrate solutions to protect the cybersecurity of infrastructure within the operating environments of WWS sector utilities that address common cybersecurity risks among water and wastewater systems utilities. The project will address areas that have been identified by WWS stakeholders, including asset management, data integrity, remote access and network segmentation.

The NCCoE will demonstrate use of existing commercially available products to mitigate and manage these risks. The findings can be used as a starting point by utilities in mitigating cybersecurity risks for their specific production environment. This project will result in a freely available NIST cybersecurity practice guide.

Find the full details of the project here.

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