QUINCY (WGEM) -- The critical infrastructure systems in the city of Quincy are safe and secure. That is according to Jeffrey Conte, the Director of Utilities and Engineering with the city of Quincy.
Conte is referring to the recent cyber attack Oldsmar, Florida. In that attack, hackers tried to gain access to water treatment systems in order to add more chemicals. This would in turn make the water toxic. The incident sparked fears that similar lapses in cybersecurity could be faced by other communities in the United States.
Conte said Quincy's water treatment systems are run locally and kept off the internet. This means it would be virtually impossible for someone to hack into the system. Furthermore, the chemical treatment pumps run near maximum capacity. Because they run near the maximum, there is no way that extra chemicals could be pumped in to make the water toxic. Conte is confident that the above measures mean that Quincy's water systems are safe from cyber attacks.
Conte said the IT department with the city government takes security very seriously and constantly works to ensure the safety of all systems and residents in Quincy.