Now available: IAEA Computer Security Guide for Nuclear Safety

Now available: IAEA Computer Security Guide for Nuclear Safety



The IAEA recently published its first Implementation Guide for a comprehensive look at computer security – Nuclear Security Series (NSS) No. 42-G Computer security for nuclear safety – To support experts worldwide in the implementation of computer security measures to strengthen their national nuclear security regimes.

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The IAEA recently published its first Implementation Guide for a comprehensive look at computer security – Nuclear Security Series (NSS) No. 42-G Computer security for nuclear safety – To support experts worldwide in the implementation of computer security measures to strengthen their national nuclear security regimes.

“This guide will help Member States strengthen computer security in their national nuclear security systems and ensure that the benefits of digital technology can be enjoyed without weakening the regime and the ability to protect, detect and respond to cyber threats “Said Elena Buglova, Director of the IAEA’s Nuclear Safety Division.

Computational systems play an essential role in all aspects of our lives, and nuclear and related activities are no different. These systems are used in a variety of ways in the nuclear industry to support the effective, safe and secure operation of facilities and activities involved in the use, storage and transport of nuclear and other radioactive materials.

Because of this key role, these digital systems can be attractive targets for terrorists and saboteurs. They could aim to exploit the potential weaknesses in a facility’s digital systems that could lead to unauthorized access, business interruption, and even facility sabotage or theft of nuclear or other radioactive material.

“Ensuring that these systems are secured against such acts protects facilities from cyberattacks and sabotage and strengthens other areas of nuclear security, for example by keeping physical protection and detection systems operational,” said Buglova.

The new publication underscores the need and provides guidance on how to implement computer security as an integral part of a national nuclear security regime. The guidelines support the development and implementation of an integrated national strategy, a regulatory approach and related computer security programs to protect computerized systems, the compromise of which could affect nuclear safety or security.

This guideline publication, like all of the NSS, is produced by the IAEA in collaboration with the member states. Other publications in the NSS dealing with computer security for nuclear safety are NSS No. 17-T (Rev. 1) Technical guidelines on computer security in nuclear facilities, published in September 2021, and NSS No. 33-T Technical guidelines for the computer security of measurement and control systems in nuclear installations.

Further information on computer security can be found here, IAEA e-learning modules on the subject can be found here.

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