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#2109: Securing Critical Control Systems in the Water Sector WEBINAR IEPA#6787

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Securing Critical Control Systems in the Water Sector – Where Do I Begin?

Credit hours for water operators & engineers: 1.00
Total Hours: 1.00
Live Date: 02/14/13
Webinar Type: Technical Webinar


SUMMARY: Public health and safety are dependent on the availability and reliability of water systems. Cyber attacks on information technology (IT) networks are well known, but attacks on control systems used to monitor and control plant processes are increasing in frequency and their potential threat to public safety.

IT professionals are responsible for ensuring the availability and security of enterprise networks. However, protecting an IT network from a cyber attack can be very different from protecting an industrial control system. As a result, plant engineering and operations will need to take an active role in developing a security plan to protect critical infrastructure in order to minimize the potentially adverse impact of a cyber event on public health and safety. For many, the greatest challenge in developing a security program for critical control systems is knowing where to begin.

The one-hour webinar, Securing Critical Control Systems in the Water Sector – Where Do I Begin? will review existing and emerging threats to critical infrastructure and the potential impact of cyber events on water systems. Future trends and drivers influencing control system security will be reviewed along with security goals established by industry groups and government organizations. The presentation will outline key security standards and resources available to aid in the development of a security plan. Key security standards include:

  • ANSI/AWWA G430-09 Standard: Security Practices for Operations and Management
  • ANDI/ISA-99 Standard: Security for Industrial Automation and Control Systems
  • ANSI/ASME-ITI/AWWA J-100 Standard: Risk Analysis and Management for Critical Asset Protection (RAMCAP) Standard for Risk and Resilience Management for Water and Wastewater Systems

Additional resources from government and industry groups such as cyber security evaluation tools will also be reviewed. An awareness of available resources will be instrumental in helping municipalities understand how to begin development of or further develop a security plan to protect critical infrastructure.


Don Dickinson, Phoenix Contact USA
Don Dickinson has more than 28 years of sales, marketing and product application experience in Industrial Controls and Automation, involving a wide range of products and technologies in various industry segments. Don is the Senior Business Development Manager – Water Sector, Phoenix Contact USA. He is the past chair of the NC AWWA-WEA Automation Committee and the current chair of the Security subcommittee.


COST & REGISTRATION: Illinois Section AWWA Members: FREE; Nonmembers: $30.00

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