The EPA withdrew its cybersecurity rule for public water systems (PWSs) amid legal challenges and concerns about burdening smaller systems. The rule required states to report cyber threats and integrate assessments into PWS surveys. This reversal highlights the need for adaptable cybersecurity strategies in the water sector, focusing on collaboration and support for smaller systems against growing cyber threats.
Following President Biden’s cybersecurity strategy, the EPA issued new guidance for public drinking water systems, mandating states to assess cybersecurity in these systems. This includes evaluating operational technology (OT) and offering three compliance options: self-assessment, state-led assessment, or leveraging existing state processes. Natsar advises PWSs to prepare through comprehensive planning and engaging leadership in cybersecurity initiatives, emphasizing the importance of adapting to this crucial security enhancement in public water management.
H.R. 4502, the ‘Modernizing the Acquisition of Cybersecurity Experts Act of 2023,’ revolutionizes U.S. cybersecurity employment. It values practical skills equally with formal education, diversifying the talent pool. This act invites various skilled individuals, bolstering national digital defenses with an inclusive, skilled workforce. Understand its key components and significant impact on the cybersecurity hiring landscape.