Water utilities should be aware of stories appearing in the media regarding cybersecurity risks in the water sector following a hearing today of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. The hearing included witnesses from the Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC) and local water utilities saying there are opportunities to increase cybersecurity training and funding in this area. There are provocative quotes from decision-makers and witnesses that will likely draw the attention of local media. A report from The Hill includes quotes Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), co-chairman of the CSC, stating: “I believe that the next Pearl Harbor, the next 9/11, will be cyber, and we are facing a vulnerability in all of our systems, but water is one of the most critical and I think one of the most vulnerable.” The hearing testimony reflects some of the results the Water Sector Coordinating Council’s recent survey results of U.S. water and wastewater utilities about their cybersecurity challenges and needs. Water utilities should be prepared to discuss the steps they are taking to manage cybersecurity risks. AWWA has resources available to help utilities if they are contacted by media: Cybersecurity Guidance and Tool Trending in an Instant risk communication guide Questions can be directed to Kevin Morley , AWWA’s federal relations manager, or Greg Kail , AWWA’s director of communications.