PS2-2 Critical Infrastructure Security - The Cost Of Little Or No Protection

Nov 19, 2014

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Mario Castellanos



Several potential threats to critical infrastructure in 2013, specifically water utilities around the country exemplify why a national effort to address potential catastrophic loss must be undertaken. The presentation will concentrate on the technologies available for the physical security to ensure these losses are prevented.

Case studies in several government and enterprise sectors will be presented.

April 29, 2013 - Officials from the FBI, Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Murray County Sheriff's Office investigated a break-in at the Carters Lake Water Treatment Plant in which someone changed the settings for how chlorine and fluoride fed into the system. The plant was shut down until the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division completed their analysis and approved the reopening.

May 14, 2013 - Seven people cited for trespassing at Quabbin Reservoir A trooper saw two cars parked at a reservoir park entrance at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, then saw five young men and two young women walking toward them from the reservoir. The trooper determined the people were trespassing and in violation of the no trespassing law and requested backup.

June 3, 2013 - Locks Cut At Aqueduct That Supplies Water To Greater Boston The incident occurred at the Hultman Aqueduct, which is one of the two lines that carry drinking water to the Greater Boston area. The three padlocks were cut from separate access hatches located at approximately half-mile intervals along the aqueduct. Police say there is evidence of an attempt to cut a fourth lock. Last month, State Police stepped up patrols at public water supplies after seven people were caught trespassing at the Quabbin Reservoir in Belchertown.

Sept 17, 2013 - Helena water treatment plant break-in prompts security concerns A break-in at the Helena water treatment plant over the weekend resulted in the theft of a vehicle and damage to a gate.

Session Learning Objectives:

  1. The security of the nation's drinking water should first and foremost, take precedence over other operational matters throughout the water utility system.
  2. The protection of these water utilities is a cost effective, non-time consuming process with both short and long term economic benefits.
  3. Sophisticated yet uncomplicated proven technology is already being used throughout many utilities worldwide.