Water sector: cyber attack reporting requirement now in force

Article Date: 16th May 2017

The Water Industry (Suppliers’ Information) Direction 2017 which came into force on 1 April 2017, has included an obligation for the first time for the water companies to report on cyber attacks.

The new Information Direction has been issued by the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) to all water companies in England and Wales setting out their obligations to provide detailed data in electronic format on a wide range of operational parameters.

The Direction also requires them to report “any significant occurrence, apprehended or otherwise of where the company has identified interference with electronic systems caused by external interference (‘cyber attack’) that has or could impact quality or sufficiency of water.”

The requirement is included in a list of information the water companies must provide for events, incidents, emergencies etc. under a range of circumstances. They are also required to report on any other matter that in the opinion of the supplier, is of significance and has attracted or, in the opinion of the supplier, is likely to attract local or national publicity.

In the event of a cyber attack, the DWI expects some answers in three days. The notification must be given as soon as possible after the event or matter has come to the supplier’s attention, by telephone; and confirmed in writing (by electronic mail) no later than 3 working days after compliance.

Future Water Association is running a Cyber Security workshop supported by Government & the Utilities on 4 July 2017. The workshop will focus on developing an Action Plan for companies when faced with a cyber attack - to register your interest click here.

Read full article here  and to download the Water Industry (Suppliers' Information) Direction - click here.

 

This was posted by future water association in Industry News

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