COSECURE and Margolis Healy and Associates hosted a webinar in conjunction with PaWARN on the cyber and physical security threats that water and wastewater facilities face today. Dr. Ronald Menold of COSECURE and Daniel Pascale of Margolis Healy were joined by Mike Snyder of PaWARN for this webinar.
Dr. Ronald Menold, CISSP, CEH, is the director of cybersecurity services for COSECURE and the former director of the FBI’s New Jersey Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory. Dr. Menold discussed the threats that target critical infrastructure in the United States and worldwide. Not only are water and wastewater facilities vulnerable to all of the same threats as any other computer on the internet, but there is also a whole other attack surface in the industrial control systems that run these facilities. Dr. Menold also covered the importance of frequent self and third-party cybersecurity risk assessments and audits.
Daniel Pascale, CPP, is an executive vice president with Margolis Healy and Associates and an experienced leader in risk assessment, physical security, and emergency preparedness. Dan discussed emerging trends relative to physical security, risk mitigation strategies, and the growing nuisance and potential threat of weaponized drones.
The webinar was moderated by Michael Klein, a senior counsel in Cozen O'Connor’s Utility & Energy Practice Group. He has a national practice, spanning over 40 years, representing utilities, municipalities, corporations, and developers in a broad array of water, wastewater, and energy-related matters.