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Model Legislation Aims to Improve Cybersecurity in the Water Sector

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) released a six-part legislative proposal for improving cybersecurity in the water and wastewater sector. The model legislative text, which has not been introduced in Congress, is based on recommendations from the congressionally chartered Cyberspace Solarium Commission’s 2020 report.
While cybersecurity remains a top priority of the Biden Administration, the water and wastewater sector continues to evaluate options to further bolster cyber protections and has yet to come to a consensus on the best approach or suite of approaches. In the meantime, FDD’s proposals have received favorable reactions from the sector and may serve as a foundational blueprint for future work toward developing a more robust cyber defense framework for water.