Security Issues and Best Practices in Water/Wastewater Environments WEBINAR
Renewal Training Credit Hours for Water Operators and Engineers 1:00 Total Hours 1:00
Live Date 07/17/13
WEBINAR TYPE: Technical Webinar
SUMMARY:The security posture of most water/wastewater treatment plants is weak. The main reasons are that they were not designed to be secure against modern attack methodologies.
Plant personnel are not properly educated on the "who, what, why, when and how" of facility and system security. Security by obscurity does not work for critical infrastructure. The potential for harm is too significant. Security for water/wastewater plants is minimized, un-funded, and not part of "best practices" thinking. Security is not a core competency of most engineering, system integration and construction companies, nor of the operators and IT personal involved with these plants.
A security incident at a water facility has not yet caused the financial burden or societal anxiety that motivates action. We tend to wait and react to incidents as opposed to being predictive and proactive.
All infrastructure, including water and wastewater facilities, should be considered a target for any group or individual that may benefit from impacting the availability of the service as well as the confidentiality and integrity of the information and systems contained therein.
This presentation will explore the motivation behind and the best practices for an appropriate security posture for a water/wastewater facility. It will look at security policies, vulnerabilities and risk management concerns and opportunities. It will explore the relationship between physical security and information security. Finally it will propose some ideas for developing prudent security policies given the vulnerabilities and risk and suggestions for implementing the appropriate technologies and practices to support the policies, standards and guidelines
PRESENTER: Jeff Hayes, Beijer Electronics
Jeff Hayes, Beijer Electronics
Jeff Hayes works for Beijer Electronics in Business Development. He specializes in the water/wastewater industry with strong interest and experience in information security. He has over 20 years experience in various roles in a number of technology companies. He is the current president of the Information Systems Security Association – Utah Chapter. He has held his Certified Information Security Systems Professional credential since 2002. Has presented at other AWWA and ISA events. Is a current member of the Water Environment Federation.
COST & REGISTRATION: Illinois Section AWWA Members: FREE; Nonmembers: $30.00
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