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PIR Center holds seminar on Information Security and Cyber Security of Civilian Nuclear Facilities

11.08.2017

MOSCOW, AUGUST 11, 2017. PIR PRESS — "I believe that international experience including technical standards and guidelines is in demand for mitigating the challenge of ensuring cybersecurity at nuclear power plants. The key organizations in promoting cybersecurity standards are the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the IAEA. To ensure the competitiveness of solutions for industrial control systems of NPPs, it is necessary not only to apply international experience in cyber security, but also intensively participate in the work on documents within these frameworks, promoting advanced domestic solutions to the international level, achieving the leading positions," — leading researcher at the V.A. Trapeznikov Institute of Control Sciencies, Russian Academy of Science Vitaliy Promyslov.

PIR Center and the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations at the Diplomatic Academy of Russian Foreign Ministry held a seminar on "Information Security and Cyber Security of Civilian Nuclear Facilities: Assessing threats and ways of overcoming them». The meeting was the first in a series of Russian and international seminars dedicated to the evaluation of the prospects for international cooperation in countering threats to information security and cyber-security of civilian nuclear facilities.

The seminar brought together experts in the field of international law, international information security, ICS industry, cybersecurity and nuclear security. Presentations were made by PIR Center Consultant Oleg Demidov, the Cisco Systems Business Consultant on Information Security, a member of the PIR Center Advisory Board Alexey Lukatsky, leading researcher at the V.A. Trapeznikov Institute of Control Sciencies, RAS Vitaliy Promyslov and Development Manager for Critical Infrastructure Security Solutions at the Kaspersky Lab Anton Shipulin. The meeting was moderated by Research fellow at the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations at the Diplomatic Academy of Russian Foreign Ministry Andrei Baklitsky. The seminar was attended by Russian specialists from the Department for New Challenges and Threats of the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Center for International Information Security and Scientific and Technological Policy of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), the Department of Innovative Development of MGIMO, Federal State Unitary Enterprise “All-Russia Research Institute of Automatics” (VNIIA), JSC "Rusatom Service", Center for Energy and Security, other organizations, and independent researchers.

During the seminar Oleg Demidov presented the main conclusions of the report "Cyber security of civilian nuclear facilities: threat assessment and ways to overcome it" prepared by the PIR Center in cooperation with the Geneva-based Center Russe d'Etudes Politiques in 2016 as part of the Work Process on Cybersecurity of Nuclear Facilities Council on the global agenda of the World Economic Forum. In his speech, the PIR Center's consultant emphasized the importance of identifying priority directions of work within the agenda of cyber security of civilian nuclear facilities — from the transition to the concept of ensuring cyber security and information security at the stage of designing nuclear power facilities and adapting the existing principles of ensuring the safety of the industrial-control systems of the industry to the introduction of the industrial Internet of things — to the development of the possibility of organizing a mechanism for exchanging information on cybersecurity threats to the civilian nuclear facilities on the IAEA site.

Stressing the importance of work in the direction of international technical standardization, Vitaly Promyslov said: "I believe that international experience including technical standards and guidelines is in demand for mitigating the challenge of ensuring cybersecurity at nuclear power plants. The key organizations in promoting cybersecurity standards are the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the IAEA. To ensure the competitiveness of solutions for industrial control systems of NPPs, it is necessary not only to apply international experience in cyber security, but also intensively participate in the work on documents within these frameworks, promoting advanced domestic solutions to the international level, achieving the leading positions. "

Presentations and abstracts of the presentations of the seminar can be found on this page on the PIR Center website

In 2017, the topic of cybersecurity of civilian nuclear facilities is one of the priorities in the work of the Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters under the UN Secretary General. Head of the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations at the Diplomatic Academy of Russian Foreign Ministry, and the PIR Center Special Advisor Vladimir Orlov is a memeber of the Board. The website of the World Economic Forum (WEF) published a blog by Vladimir Orlov "Policymakers need to know: our nuclear facilities are increasingly vulnerable to cybersecurity challenges". On the eve of the July meeting of the Board, an article by Oleg Demidov entitled "Protecting Nuclear Infrastructure: the Need for Coordinated Action in the Domain of Technical Standardization, Coordinated Strategy and Exchange of Information," was published.

Other materials on the topic of information security and cybersecurity of nuclear facilities can be found on this site

 


   


 

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