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What does a human need to survive? Typically, the first two items are food and water followed by a place live. Most of us take for granted that our water supply is always safe and drinkable. As such a vital resource, one would think that the critical infrastructure that purifies and monitors water must be completely secure at all times.

Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Take theclassic hacker case of the Maroochy water plant in Queensland, Australia, for instance, where sewage was released into local waterways over a three-month period.

This event triggered government entities to become involved. The Australian Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (DCITA) launched an effort to investigate the potential risks toSCADA systems and began holding a series of instructional workshops across the country regarding security mitigation and risk management. The workshop utilized known techniques such as defense-in-depth strategies.

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