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Risks of Industrial Cyber Attacks and How You Can Manage Them

  • 22 February 2017
  • scalera

The risks of significant, debilitating cyberattack on America’s water and wastewater treatment facilities are mounting.

Without the proper industrial automation and control system (IACS) defenses in place, a cyberattack can disable safe, normal operations, and put the local environment and economy as well as lives in jeopardy.

Despite expert predictions and ongoing calls for improved security, not nearly enough is being done to implement basic industrial cybersecurity measures, most notably best-practice standards, and reinforce them through proper staff training.

One reason for this is many owners and operators of critical infrastructure are not fully aware of the real-world risks and dangers associated with cyberattack on IACS.  Others don’t know where and how to begin in addressing the threats.

In order to assist you in understanding these risks and dangers National Rural Water Association has produced a free webinar you can view at:

This important webinar is aimed at those who would like to understand more about the industrial cybersecurity risks they are exposed to and what they can do to mitigate these risks.

The webinar features Steve Mustard, an industrial cybersecurity subject-matter expert of the International Society of Automation (ISA) and its umbrella association, the Automation Federation.  Mustard is an automation consultant with extensive development and management experience in real-time embedded equipment and automation systems.  He has worked extensively in the water and wastewater industry.  His customers include Anglian Water and Yorkshire Water in the UK, Dublin City Council in Ireland, Sydney Water in Australia, and the Wester Virginia Water Authority in the US.

Mustard is a UK registered Chartered Engineer, a European registered Eur Ing, an ISA Certified Automation Professional (CAP) and a certified Global Industrial Cybersecurity Professional (GICSP).