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Operations Technology, Cybersecurity, and Resilience

Accelerating resilience for water infrastructure

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West Yost provides comprehensive physical and cybersecurity services. Our cybersecurity specialist here is working on network switches for a vulnerability assessment.

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 Programming and Configuration
  • Cybersecurity resiliency planning
  • SCADA master planning
  • Climate Energy Reliability practice (CER)
  • 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

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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.

Climate-Energy-Reliability (CER)

Process-based energy solutions for reliability, resilience, and economy

West Yost’s Climate-Energy-Reliability (CER) service develops and delivers process-based energy solutions for our water sector clients. Our team is highly experienced in deploying solutions that combine emerging technologies with science-based engineering principles to reduce energy demands, improve mechanical system performance, and enhance the resilience of your water system.

Our core goal is to reduce our clients’ dependency on non-renewable resources through a transition to reliable and renewable resources.

To achieve exceptional results for our clients, we focus on the key mission-critical functions of reliability, resilience, and economy–through the energy lens.

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Programming and Configuration Services

Implementing CCE and SIE in the design process

Programming and Configuration Services are essential to help utilities consistently deliver safe drinking water to the public and treat wastewater to be safely returned to the environment. Nearly all modern control systems depend on Programming and Configuration, network security design and implementation. The implementation of these systems affects electrical, mechanical, process and nearly all other branches of engineering and design.

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.

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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.

Utility Resilience

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.

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Team Spotlight

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.

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Daniel Groves, PE, CISSP

OTCR Business Sector Leader

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Jeff Hesse, PE

OTCR Control Systems Engineer

Greg Smith, PE

Programming and Configuration Lead, Senior Technical Specialist I

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Operations Technology, Cybersecurity, and Resilience (OTCR) Intern

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Cyber risk is a top threat to the water and wastewater sector, making Operations Technology and Cybersecurity a top priority. West Yost provides operations technology, cybersecurity services, and resilience to clients in the water and wastewater sector across the United States to help them safeguard their systems and protect public health and safety.

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