Water and Wastewater Sector – Incident Response Guide

Cyber threat actors are aware of – and deliberately target – single points of failure. A compromise or failure of a Water and Wastewater (WWS) Sector organization could cause cascading impacts throughout the Sector and other critical infrastructure sectors. There are many aspects of the large and complex WWS Sector that pose challenges to raising cyber resilience sector wide:

  • Governance and regulation involve a mix of federal and state, local, tribal, and territorial authorities.
  • Cybersecurity maturity levels across the sector are disparate.
  • Often, WWS Sector utilities must prioritize limited resources toward the functionality of their water systems over cybersecurity.
  • Universal solutions to cyber challenges in a diverse, target-rich, and resource-poor environment are unfeasible.

To provide meaningful cybersecurity support to the WWS Sector that can help with these challenges, CISA and partners have created this joint Incident Response Guide (IRG) for the WWS Sector.

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Source: U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation Cyber Division