Water Utilities Cyber Security

Securing digital water treatment plants

Water utilities have embraced industrial digitization to enhance the efficiency of treatment plant operations. Critical goals such as keeping a consistent supply of raw water, eliminating contaminants, and keeping a consistent supply of finished water available, are more easily achieved when leveraging technology offering data analytics and real-time visibility into plant operations. Industrial digitization offers multitudes of benefits in preserving water’s clean chemistry, efficient storage processes, and well-maintained distribution methods. However, the increased digitization of a water production systems also leads to an increase in cybersecurity vulnerabilities and attacks potentially leading to a loss of control of connected devices that regulate water quality, plant production and consumer safety.