Queensland water suppliers vulnerable to hackers

Queensland’s water supply bodies are moving to improve their cybersecurity, after an audit found they were vulnerable to hacking.

The state Auditor General’s report released yesterday found bulk water providers SeqWater and SunWater did not have adequate processes in place to maintain water supply in the event of their systems were hacked.

Acting Auditor-General Greg Close wrote, “The age of many of these control systems, combined with more recent integration with corporate networks, had resulted in higher risks that had not always been recognised and tested by the entities themselves.”


The report made several recommendations to beef up cyber security and emergency processes.

The Department of Energy and Water Supply and Department of the Premier and Cabinet accepted all of the recommendations and pledged to implement them as soon as possible.