Safeguarding water critical infrastructure with resilient design
For the protection you need, our industry leaders are creating change in the sector to maintain safe, clean water for our communities
The West Yost Operations Technology, Cybersecurity and Resilience (OTCR) team are experts in supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system design and implementation; networking; cybersecurity assessments; electrical engineering; instrumentation, controls, and electrical systems (IC&E); data management; and programming.
We create change throughout the sector. Our team of experts 1) assess current infrastructure, 2) fix the issues, 3) improve the design, and 4) provide industry-wide leadership for better systems.
Services provided by our Operations Technology, Cybersecurity, and Resilience group include:
- Cybersecurity vulnerability assessments
- Operations Technology optimization
- Cybersecurity resiliency planning
- SCADA master planning
- Operations Technology detailed design and implementation
- Risk and Resilience Assessments
- Electrical, Instrumentation & Controls design (EI&C)
- Seismic Informed Engineering (SIE)
Additional information on our team’s project experience or qualifications is available upon request.
Our Key Initiatives
Industry Leadership – American Water Works Association (AWWA) Support
Sector Best Practice Training and Guidance Development
West Yost supports the AWWA’s efforts in risk and RRAs, cybersecurity, and ERPs. Over the last few years, West Yost has conducted cybersecurity training for utility staff, developed two of the five-module Utility Risk and Resilience Certification Program, led updates to the AWWA Cybersecurity Risk Management Guidance Tool, and is delivering outreach to small and rural systems.
Critical Partnerships with Idaho National Laboratory and DHS Cybertool Update
Integrating cross-sector tools for the water sector
On behalf of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), West Yost worked with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to integrate the AWWA Cybersecurity Tool with the Cyber Security Evaluation Tool (CSET®).
Consequence Driven Cyber-Informed Engineering (CCE) for the Water Sector
Partnered with Idaho National Laboratory
CCE is a methodology developed by Idaho National Laboratory (INL). To-date it has been applied to protect facilities within the Nuclear and Energy sectors from cyber attacks. West Yost is working with INL to adapt this methodology to the water sector. This methodology assumes that if a SCADA system is targeted by a persistent and capable threat actor, it will be compromised. Based on this assumption our team designs SCADA systems in such a way that a utility will still be able to confidently carry out its mission of delivering drinking water to customers, even if the SCADA system is compromised.
Seismic Informed Engineering (SIE)
Preparing control systems to support seismic resilience
Seismic Informed Engineering (SIE) is a holistic approach to planning, design and implementation of water systems with resilience to seismic events. SIE includes accepted seismic design considerations (i.e., structural analysis/design, seismic valves), and expands upon this approach by including the mechanical, electrical, communications and control systems as elements of resilience. SIE focuses on how a water system should react prior to, during, and after a seismic event.
System Assessments and Penetration Testing
Understanding vulnerabilities to improve security
While utilities do their best to protect critical infrastructure providing water and wastewater services, they may not have the objectivity to find security flaws that could leave their utility exposed to malicious actors. Penetration testing services let Utilities evaluate the overall security of their industrial control systems.
Beyond AWIA compliance
West Yost has assisted more than 20 clients with their all-hazards America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (AWIA) compliant Risk and Resilience Assessments (RRAs) and Emergency Response Plans (ERPs). Each project was a collaborative effort between West Yost’s RRA and ERP experts and the utility staff, who are experts in their system.
West Yost has assembled an OTCR team of experts from across the country who are dedicated to providing safe, resilient water infrastructure for all of our communities. They enjoy the challenge of their specialties and feel pride in working together to solve very complicated challenges. They are doing the best work of their lives at West Yost. Additional members are highlighted in project experience.
Insights & Trainings
West Yost is an Equal Opportunity Employer