AMSA Releases Two New Security Software Tools for Water/Wastewater Utilities

Clean Water Advocacy - News Releases - January 15, 2003

For Immediate Release: January 15, 2003
Contact: Adam Krantz, 202/833-4651, AMSA

AMSA Releases Two New Security Software Tools for Water/Wastewater Utilities
In the continuing effort to ensure that the water and wastewater critical infrastructure sector is as safe and secure as possible, the Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies (AMSA) is pleased to announce the availability of two new Vulnerability Self Assessment Tools (VSAT™), one for joint water/wastewater utilities (VSAT™water/wastewater) and another for small-to-medium sized water utilities (VSAT™water). VSAT™water/wastewater will provide the valuable online vulnerability assessment capabilities to utilities providing both wastewater treatment and water supply services. Its new counterpart, VSAT™water, will do the same for both public and private water utilities.

These new software tools are available to water and wastewater utilities free of charge and were developed by AMSA in collaboration with PA Consulting Group and SCIENTECH, Inc., and were funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The two new tools provide a user-friendly approach to evaluate, prioritize and remediate vulnerabilities based upon five critical utility assets – physical plant, information technology, knowledge base, employees and customers.

Orders for the two new software tools can be made online at — a web site dedicated to the users of the VSAT™ suite of software tools. The VSAT™ web site will be updated regularly to provide registered users of the software tools with upgrades to the tools, user support and training opportunities.

AMSA is a national trade association representing more than 280 publicly owned treatment works across the country. As environmental practitioners, AMSA’s members treat more than 18 billion gallons of wastewater each day and service the majority of the U.S. population.

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