Cyber attacks against water & wastewater systems in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are a significant risk to organizations in the region because of the heavy reliance on water desalination plants. Continued growth, with GCC countries investing USD 80 billion in water and wastewater projects by 2025, will likely attract cyber criminals and other adversaries to increase their activities, especially against small to medium-sized water and wastewater organizations.
- Given the importance of the water & wastewater systems in the Middle East, these organizations could be prime targets for any politically motivated adversary.
- The growth in the water & wastewater sector will likely attract cyber criminals and other adversaries to increase their activities, especially against small to medium-sized organizations.
- Internet exposed assets, the digital convergence of IT and OT technologies and networks, and supply-chain or third-party compromises increase the attack surface for water & wastewater systems in the GCC.