Monirangsey Touch

Monirangsey Touch is an International Policy Institute Cybersecurity Policy Fellow. She is currently a senior in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, with an emphasis in foreign policy...
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Cybersecurity and the Nuclear Industry

June 7, 2017

Posted by: Jessica Beyer

Perry Power Plant Cooling Towers

Nuclear facilities are among the most highly secured type of critical infrastructure in the U.S. Despite the implementation of safety measures, digital instruments and computer-based systems associated with the physical protection system and the control systems inside facilities are still vulnerable. Creating air-gaps and standalone systems is somewhat ineffective when it comes to protecting nuclear facilities against complicated and targeted cyber-attacks. Cyber-attacks on nuclear power plants and their control systems could expedite the theft of usable nuclear materials and malicious acts by adversaries.