Water utilities should be aware of a New York Times opinion piece that highlights the potential risks water utilities face if a cyber-attack occurs against critical water infrastructure systems. This story may prompt questions from media and customers about how their local water utility is defending against such attacks. AWWA recently released a free online report, titled Cybersecurity Risk & Responsibility in the Water Sector, that encourages water systems to prioritize cybersecurity and take reasonable steps to prevent, detect and respond to cyber incidents. Utilities may find the report useful in responding to inquiries from media. This report complements the cybersecurity guidance and use-case tool AWWA developed to support water sector application of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Cybersecurity Framework. Water utilities should elevate their commitment to the public and their customers’ safety. Key points to consider include: • Our top priority as water providers is the protection of public health and the safety and privacy of our customers. • We recognize that cyber risk is the top threat facing business and critical infrastructure. • We take the appropriate steps to protect against potential cyber-attacks. Questions can be directed to Kevin Morley, AWWA federal relations manager.