Urban water management in the age of digitalization

Cybersecurity as an Achilles’ heel


  • Martin Zimmermann Institut für sozial-ökologische Forschung GmbH (ISOE) (Deutschland)
  • Engelbert Schramm Institut für sozial-ökologische Forschung GmbH (ISOE) (Deutschland)
  • Björn Ebert Institut für sozial-ökologische Forschung GmbH (ISOE) (Deutschland)




critical infrastructure, cybersecurity, vulnerability, water infrastructure


Digitalization in urban water management can help to better address the challenges for water supply and sanitation due to demographic and climate change. At the same time, cyberattacks can increase the risks for a failure of these critical infrastructures. However, aspects of cybersecurity are not yet sufficiently addressed in the water sector. Corresponding regulations and measures solely aim at the reliability of the infrastructures and neglect the security of supply for the population. Policy attention to large water utilities and supply areas ignores security gaps in small and medium-sized enterprises. Cooperations between several water utilities could be a suitable means of generating synergy effects in this respect.



How to Cite

Zimmermann M, Schramm E, Ebert B. Urban water management in the age of digitalization: Cybersecurity as an Achilles’ heel. TATuP [Internet]. 2020 Apr. 1 [cited 2021 Aug. 2];29(1):37-43. Available from: https://www.tatup.de/index.php/tatup/article/view/6793

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