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Cybersecurity Threats Materializing for Digital Water

10 March 2021
Research Note

On 5 February 2021, the city of Oldsmar, Florida experienced a cybersecurity breach at its water treatment plant. Hackers accessed the plant’s supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system and attempted to increase the amount of sodium hydroxide—a chemical used in the treatment process—to 100 times the normal level. The infiltration was identified and corrected by a plant operator before the chemicals entered the water supply.

In this Research Note:

  • Analysis of monthly (2020) and yearly (2015-2020) distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks in the global water utility sector
  • The impact of the growing emphasis on connectivity and digital technology in the water & wastewater sector
  • Established and startup solutions providers position to meet growing cybersecurity needs

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