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Cyber security for water treatment plants

July 2014 IT in Manufacturing

Protection and safety are primary objectives of any water treatment facility as compromises to critical water treatment plant infrastructure assets from cyber attacks can have a significant detrimental impact. Invensys has the knowledge, expertise and resources to help protect water and wastewater facilities by identifying and addressing critical gaps.

Wonderware’s Critical Infrastructure and Security Practice (CISP) offer a solution that provides a cyber-secure network infrastructure, securing critical systems with two key areas of focus:

* A lifecycle approach as opposed to a point solution within the control automation area.

* Optimisation through network management and secure data acquisition.

Water treatment cyber security solutions are designed specifically to protect industrial control systems (ICS) since increasing connectivity, proliferating access points, escalating system complexity and widening use of common operating systems and platforms have all contributed to heightened security risks. In addition, many of the ICS currently operating across the water and wastewater industry are being used in ways that were never intended. Many ICS were designed decades ago with little or no consideration of cyber security.

Water treatment cyber security solutions
Water treatment cyber security solutions

Today’s reliance on ICS makes the industry potentially vulnerable to targeted cyber-attacks as well as accidental cyber events. Security is no longer simply about blocking hackers or updating anti-virus software. Today, a security breach can directly impact water and wastewater operations, potentially affecting the safety, reliability and affordability of the water supply and associated services – key corporate concerns tied directly to public health and the environment.

For more information contact Jaco Markwat, Wonderware Southern Africa, +27 (0)11 607 8100,,

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