The city of Montreal to increase protection of its water system against cyber-attacks
The installations concerned include the drinking water production and distribution plants and wastewater treatment facilities. The RHEA Group’s Security Assurance business approach was chosen by the City of Montreal to conduct a study aiming to strengthen the safety of these facilities.
Over the past years, organizations have witnessed some of the worst cyber-attacks affecting critical infrastructure. On March 2016 Verizon published in one of its reports an attack on a water plant system serving 2.5 million people. A group of hackers infiltrated the water utility’s control system and changed the levels of chemicals being used to treat tap water. Valves were activated remotely, causing distribution problems. The same attack also resulted in the exposure of personal information of the utility’s 2.5 million customers.