Cyber Security Survey for Water Sector Launched

Article Date: 17th August 2017

Leading business support organisation Future WaterAssociation, in partnership with Waterbriefing, is launching a major survey on the growing challenges surrounding cyber security in the water sector.

 

Today the water sector is generating ever-increasing amounts of data from assets, information centres, AI systems and customer information. The data is essential for the delivery of resilience and optimal asset performance and critical to the effective functioning of the sector. However, while the benefits are huge, one of the key threats now facing the sector is the growing risk of cyber-attacks.

Cyber security is an issue for water companies and suppliers from the major Tier 1 companies down to Tier 2, 3, 4 and beyond.

According to the Government’s recent UK Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2017, only 33% of businesses have formal policies in place and only 20% of those surveyed, provide staff with cyber security training. While many companies have carried out health checks, risk assessments or audits to identify cyber security risks, less than half have a formal cyber security incident management process in place.

Across the water sector the picture is varied but will be changing rapidly, as regulators require much more stringent reporting linked to cyber security issues and the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) become mandatory in the UK from May 2018.

The Future Water Association survey is supported by Water UK, the organisation which represents all the UK water companies.

Paul Horton, Chief Executive of Future Water commented:

“The survey is a real opportunity for firms at all points in the supply chain – from SMEs to large corporates, to water utilities – to express their views on what is set to be a major challenge for the water sector.”

“We’re trying to get a more accurate picture of the current level of awareness in the sector and help companies prepare for the future, where GDPR becomes mandatory and the Government implements the Network and Information Systems (NIS) Directive. The need to act is now.”

“It’s also vital that all companies in the sector understand their responsibilities ahead of the new Regulations coming in next year. Wherever they are in the supply chain either in the capacity as a supplier, customer or both –they will be required to demonstrate their Cyber Security preparedness when bidding for work.”

The initial results of the survey will be formally presented at a Future Water Association cyber security workshop on 27th September.


Click here to access the UK Water Sector Cyber Security 2017 Survey online

Click here for more information on the Cyber Security workshop.

 

 

 

This was posted by future water association in Industry News

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