Sponsored by NTI and undertaken by the Institute for Security and Safety at the University of Brandenburg, this report identified a set of criteria that reflect the basic, minimum security measures and regulatory requirements necessary to protect nuclear facilities against cyber attacks.
Ensuring the security of nuclear facilities is a critical element in preventing theft of nuclear materials and sabotage that could result in a radiological release. The international community has traditionally focused on physical threats to facilities – for example, armed militants gaining access to or damaging a facility. A newer threat has now gained attention – the threat of a cyber attack on a facility that could lead to either an act of theft or sabotage – and is presenting new challenges to facility operators as well as national authorities. Given the increasing use of digital controls, it is expected that these challenges will only continue to grow. This research paper
presents the results of one of those projects conducted in joint cooperation between NTI and ISS. The purpose of this project is to understand and characterize current national approaches to cyber-nuclear security.