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March 5, 2021

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U.S. EPA, water sector emphasize best practices after Florida hack, but incident raises systemic and oversight issues

By Charlie Mitchell / February 9, 2021

A quick-thinking operator and systemic redundancies may have prevented catastrophe after a hacker tried to poison a Florida water supply, but the incident also underscores potential costs from uneven oversight of critical infrastructure sectors.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is the sector-specific agency for securing water systems, while the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, which leads in cyber response for most critical infrastructure sectors, was referring inquiries to federal and local partners in the case of the attack targeting the...

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