Hydraulic infrastructure cybersecurity – WEST AG INFORMATION NETWORK

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Hydraulic infrastructure cybersecurity

Tim Hammerich
Journalist

This is Tim Hammerich from the Ag Information Network with your Farm of the Future report.

Officials in several western states are grappling with the future of their water supply due to the historic drought affecting nearly the entire region. California State Senator Melissa Hurtado says it may sound like something out of a spy movie, but officials need to upgrade their cyber infrastructure to help protect the city’s water supply. ‘State.

Hurtado… “Part of looking at the future of water is looking at some of the weaknesses and vulnerabilities that we face. We know and understand how water shortages and drought make our state vulnerable. We have not discussed our vulnerability from a cybersecurity perspective. There have been reports that show that the number of attempted attacks on our utilities’ cyber networks has increased dramatically.

Hurtado says cyberattacks on water infrastructure are becoming more common.

Hurtado… “One such attack happened last year and highlighted the risks facing water and water treatment plants. In this attack, the hackers targeted a chemical treatment of a drinking water plant in the Bay Area. Fortunately, plant personnel noticed the increases and were able to reverse them before it was too late or caused damage. A similar attack took place in Florida and a third in New York. This time, however, the hackers have infiltrated the cyber infrastructure with a dam.

The senator warned that hackers who gain control of a state’s water supply could cause serious damage up and down the pipeline.

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