The domestic critical infrastructure of the U.S. may undergo a reform with a new set of cybersecurity policies, stated a White House official. The rules are to be put together by the environmental protection agency regarding the United States’ critical water facilities. Besides, the mandatory sanitary reviews created by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a section about cybersecurity is also to be included. “Cyberattacks represent an increasing threat to water systems and thereby the safety and security of our communities,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan.
The issue came to light when a fellow from the Center for New American Security, Daniel Silverberg asked about the safety of the critical infrastructure they own. The question was posed to the Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Tech, Anne Neuberger. Owing to limited authorities at the EPA, it was said by a White House official that a voluntary approach was important to safeguard the water systems from cyberattacks. The process has solicited many views so far, but Neuberger is working on the rule and the White House is also pursuing legislation to follow up with the same.
There have been discussions over having a voluntary approach where collaborator efforts could be manifested to secure the water systems as is done for the Transportation Security Administration for the pipeline sector. A memorandum is created on improving cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure Control systems on the official website of the White House. Cybersecurity mandates need legislation to be crafted for critical infrastructure providers. Work on this rule is expected to continue for the coming few months as said by Neuberger.
The White House will do so with a view to strengthening sector-specific agencies to have increased cybersecurity against various threats. A member of Neuberger’s staff voiced the need for commensurate resources by Congress for those agencies. They are following the model already enacted in Australia.