Ofwat says cyber security is key to water sector resilience - take part in the UK Water Sector Cyber Security Survey 2017

Article Date: 16th September 2017






Your opportunity to take part in the UK Water Sector Cyber Security Survey 2017                                                                             

In partnership with Waterbriefing and the support of Water UK, Future Water Association has launched a major survey on the growing challenges surrounding cyber security in the water sector.

Cyber security resilience has been highlighted this week in Resilience in the Round, a major new report from Ofwat on key issues the water companies will need to address in their AMP7 Business Plans. The industry regulator said companies will need to put in place mechanisms to respond to new and emerging threats, some of which, such as cybersecurity threats, are evolving rapidly.

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.  Regulators are starting to require much more stringent reporting linked to cyber security issues and the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will become mandatory in the UK from May 2018.

Wherever you are in the supply chain either in your capacity as a supplier, customer or both, we want to hear from you. We’re keen to obtain as broad a range of views as possible from as many stakeholders as possible from all levels of the supply chain. Whether you work for a water company, a Tier 1 alliance or a contractor, this is your opportunity to comment on an issue which is rising rapidly up the water sector agenda.

The survey is very straightforward and takes around 10 minutes maximum to complete. If there are any questions you are either unable to answer or prefer not to, you can simply omit and move on to the next question. There is also the option to make additional comments to some questions.

Click here to take part in the UK Water Sector Cyber Security Survey 2017

All responses will remain anonymous with the results published in a report available to everyone who takes part. To receive a copy of the final report please provide your details at the end of the survey. You can also choose to remain anonymous if you wish.

The initial results will be presented at the Future Water Association Cyber Security workshop on 27th September - click here for further information.

I want to conclude by encouraging as many people as possible to take part in the survey - wherever you are in the supply chain, please have your say on this key issue for the water sector.


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