CRI and CCTI Phased Critical Infrastructure Pilot: Resilience for Water Utilities

During the next year, Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI) and Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation (CCTI) at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies will conduct a pilot initiative, called the Phased Critical Infrastructure Pilot: Resiliency for Water Utilities, to provide small water and wastewater utilities with basic cybersecurity training and promote a culture of cyber readiness. Microsoft is sponsoring this initiative to help address the challenge of securing the Nation’s water infrastructure from cyber threats. The pilot is based on the CRI’s Cyber Readiness Program (CRP), which is designed to assist small and medium-sized businesses in improving their cybersecurity risk management and their ability to respond and recover from a cybersecurity incident.

What to do in the Program

The Program focuses on human behavior with information on key cyber issues and transitions into a plan for implementation. Cyber Leaders in the Water Sectors are led through two stages sequentially, to first build a foundation of understanding, then turn that knowledge into action. Please see below details on each stage to complete. Please contact the CRI team at with any questions or requests for access.

Benefits of the Cyber Readiness Program

The Cyber Readiness Program is designed to be clear and accessible for SMEs regardless of size, technical expertise, and industry sector. Designed in collaboration with cyber experts from leading organizations, the Program focuses on human behavior. The Program helps a designated Cyber Leader develop and implement cyber readiness policies throughout the organization. From checklists to policy templates and training materials, Cyber Leaders have everything they need to engage their workforce and build a cyber ready organization. The Program only requires a few short weeks and very minimal technical expertise to complete.

What to Expect

Requires ~1 hour per week for 6 weeks

Proceed at your own pace

Requires only basic computer knowledge

Certificates upon completion

Videos and written tutorials

Talk to Coach

Completely free resource

Immediately actionable

Apple Supplier Cyber Readiness Screen

Please reach out to CRI team at with any questions or request for acces.