Doug Bedell — September 19, 2008, 12:34 pm

Water Utilities Assessing their Security Standings

The nation’s water utilities have taken the lead in national infrastructure security planning. This is collaboraiton with a truly vigilant purpose. 

The water sector, advises Government Security, is becoming the first of the country’s “critical infrastructure and key resource sectors to develop a metric and launch a tool to guage security progress under the National Infrastructure Protection Plan framework.”

Translated, that means that water utilities have developed measurements for security effectiveness, are making those measurements and taking them seriously.  They have been working through the Water Sector Coordinating Council in cooperation with a Government Coordinating Council and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

“We sat down and said ‘What works here for measuring?” says Jim Caverly, director of the partnership and outreach division in DHS’s Office of Infrastructure Protection. “So we jointly did that.”

“It’s not mandatory in the sense that there is…a legal requirement that requires them to do that or a legislative requirement,” he added, “but it is a commitment that they’ve signed up to do.”

The other 16 sectors involved in joint protective planning are: Agriculture and Food, Banking and Finance, Chemical, Commercial Facilities, Communications, Dams, Defense Industrial Base, Emergency Services, Energy, Government Facilities, Information Technology, National Monuments and Icons, Nuclear Reactors, Materials and Waste, Postal and Shipping, Public Health and Healthcare and Transportation Systems.

These are major and worthy efforts. We urge interested security officials to check in with DHS, linked above, for further information and insight.

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