The UK’s civil nuclear sector is a vital part of the UK’s Critical National Infrastructure, generating essential electricity supply to homes and businesses. IT systems play an ever increasing role in nuclear facilities, and as such the industry has seen an increasing threat from cyber-attacks and actors.
Last year the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published a Civil Nuclear Cyber Security Strategy, becoming the first government to publish a sector focused strategy aimed at mitigating against cyber risk across the civil nuclear sector, as part of the wider National Cyber Security Strategy.
In this context the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA), in collaboration with BEIS, NCSC, NDA and the ONR have developed a cyber security principles guide for the nuclear supply chain.
This joint event between techUK and the NIA will assess the effectiveness of the CNCSS to date, as well as examining the implications of wider regulatory developments around the NIS Directive and GDPR. It will also focus on shared challenges between industries, such as bridging the skills gap and raising awareness of cyber vulnerabilities, particularly with reference to nuclear supply chain companies. Sector specific challenges will be explored, particularly around the difficulties in simultaneously attempting to protect newly built generators and legacy systems, which are prevalent across UK sites.
Attendees will include senior industry figures from across the cyber and civil nuclear spheres. Presentations will be followed by open discussion and Q&A. A light lunch will be provided and will include networking opportunities after the event closes.