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Rapid scientific and technical advances create challenges and opportunities to reducing WMD risks.

Governments are outpaced in adapting to new technologies and providing needed oversight. Nuclear facilities, weapons systems, and bio labs are vulnerable to accidents and miscalculation.

2 Only Romania and Taiwan receive a full score for cybersecurity in the 2020 NTI Nuclear Security Index

24% The 2020 NTI Nuclear Security Index found that 1/4 of countries don't have basic cybersecurity measures in place

89% In the U.S. nuclear modernization plan, 41 of 46 weapons and related systems examined will receive new or upgraded digital components, with implications for cybersecurity

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Nuclear facilities and weapons systems are not immune from sophisticated cyberattacks that could facilitate the theft of weapons-usable nuclear materials or a catastrophic act of sabotage. Even nuclear weapons command-and-control systems could be compromised. Governments are not keeping pace with the threat.

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Today, risks of a catastrophic biological events are magnified by a rapidly changing and interconnected world, increasingly political instability, urbanization, climate change, and rapid technology advances that make it easier, cheaper, and faster to create and engineer pathogens. Health systems, security, science, and governments are struggling to adapt.

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Advances in biotechnology outpace national governments’ ability to provide needed oversight to prevent accidents or deliberate misuse of dangerous biological agents.

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NTI Experts Warn of Inherent Cyber Risks Associated with Nuclear Weapons and Modernization

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NTI Experts Warn of Inherent Cyber Risks Associated with Nuclear Weapons and Modernization

Erin Dumbacher, senior program officer of NTI’s Scientific and Technical Affairs Program, and Lynn Rusten, vice president of NTI’s Global Nuclear Policy Program, call attention to the cyber risks inherent in nuclear weapons systems and modernization efforts in a recent article published by The National Interest, “Nuclear Weapons Must Be Safe from Cyber Threats.”



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