NAWC Hosts White House, Other Experts for Cybersecurity Symposium

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As cybersecurity risks and threats continue to grow and become more sophisticated, the National Association of Water Companies recently brought industry experts, regulators and federal partners together to discuss best practices and solutions as part of its 2022 Cybersecurity Symposium.

“Access to safe and reliable water that is affordable cannot be accomplished with water quality assessments and infrastructure investments alone,” says Robert F. Powelson, president and CEO of NAWC. “Comprehensive cybersecurity strategies must continue to evolve and support the development of effective policies that encourage more collaboration between the energy, water and gas sectors through cross-training, grid exercises and information sharing.”

NAWC has represented the companies that 73 million Americans trust to engineer solutions that deliver safe, reliable and affordable water since 1895. More than 90% of NAWC members have a cybersecurity plan in place.

The day included a keynote address by Elke Sobieraj, director for critical infrastructure cybersecurity at the National Security Council, as well as a fireside chat with cybersecurity expert Norma Krayem, vice president and chair of the cybersecurity and data privacy practice group at Van Scoyoc Associates. It was hosted by NPR’s Jenna McLaughlin, the national radio network’s cybersecurity correspondent.

NAWC was live tweeting from the event, highlighting the discussions between cybersecurity experts including those from utility regulatory commissions, member companies, the American Water Works Association, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

“It’s only through understanding how the risks and threats continue to grow and become more sophisticated that we can continue to make the proactive changes to address cybersecurity across the entire drinking water sector,” Powelson says. “Now it is our jobs to take the vast amount of information from today and act on it. After all, it is the surest path to a resilient water grid that is able to protect the communities we serve.”


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