TMCNet:  Years of Work Have Nuclear Industry Well Protected Against Potential Cyber Threats

[February 13, 2013]

Years of Work Have Nuclear Industry Well Protected Against Potential Cyber Threats

WASHINGTON, Feb 13, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) -- "Commercial nuclear energy facilities are well protected from possible cyber threats. The nuclear energy industry has been implementing and improving cyber security controls since 2002, and the federal agency that oversees the nation's nuclear energy facilities--the Nuclear Regulatory Commission--has established regulations that thoroughly monitor and inspect cyber security at all U.S. reactors.


"To ensure our constant readiness, the industry participates with government agencies to be aware of and assess its readiness for emerging cyber threats. Our facilities are essentially cyber islands, in that safety and control systems are not connected to business networks or the Internet. Unlike industries for which two-day data flow is critical, nuclear power plants do not require incoming data flow.

"Nuclear plants also are protected from grid instability, with multiple backup power supplies that provide for safe shutdown of a reactor in the event of a power blackout. Given that the NRC appropriately exercises authority over the protection of nuclear plant systems from potential cyber threats, it would be counterproductive to have dual oversight of these facilities." Contact NEI's media relations staff at media@nei.org, 202.739.8000 during business hours or 703.644.8805 after hours and weekends.

The Nuclear Energy Institute is the nuclear energy industry's policy organization. This news release and additional information about nuclear energy are available at www.nei.org.

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