Not wanting to be caught off-guard, the EPA has told local water systems across the country to prepare and protect against cyber-terrorism. With many residents no longer near safe water, the threats to our water are significant if not addressed head-on. The EPA has levied some audit style questions in their surveys, asking about password practices, encryption usage, and other internal cyber experts that the water companies rely on. There appears to be some flexibility, but some industry experts are warning that the folks running smaller water systems are not exactly up to par for evaluating high-tech threats that might be coming in the future.

The new mandate comes after several high-profile cyberattacks on local water systems in recent years.

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