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Water/Wastewater Infrastructure Security: Threats and Vulnerabilities

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Book Chapter

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The nation's critical infrastructure is made up of thousands of networks, pipelines, roads, conduits, and facilities; some are connected and some are isolated structures. Most of these critical systems are reliant on the full functionality of one or more other critical systems to ensure ultimate delivery of essential services to the public. Protecting these services requires a multilayered security program tailored for each system. Protective measures in the form of policies, procedures, and security investments can help reduce risks to critical infrastructure. The first step in developing a comprehnsive security program is to recognized threats and each asset's vulnerabilities. This chapter will describe why drinking water and wastewater systems need to be protected, what threats to consider, and identify the vulnerabilities that increase risks and leave assets susceptible to an attack or large-scale system failure.

Published In

Handbook of water and wastewater systems protection

Publication Information

Van Leuven, L.J. (2011). Water/wastewater infrastructure security: Threats and vulnerabilities. In R. Clark, S. Hakim, & A. Ostfeld (Eds.), Handbook of water and wastewater systems protection (pp. 27-46). doi: 10.1007/978-1-4614-0189-6.


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