Global Alert: Nukes Vulnerable to Attacks

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 @ 03:01 PM gHale

Cyber security remains a top priority – and fear – across all industries, but even more so in the nuclear industry where one slip up on the production side could lead to disastrous results.

If you put stock in security reports here is one that says on a global basis, nuclear facility cyber security does not look good. A study by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) found 20 countries with extensive nuclear energy systems are vulnerable to cyber attacks.

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There are 47 countries on the index, with 24 states that have weapon-usable nuclear materials at hand, and 23 states that have nuclear facilities but don’t produce weapons-usable nuclear materials.

Out of all these, only 13 got a perfect score in terms of cyber security, and those are Australia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Canada, Finland, France, Hungary, the Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

At the bottom of the index, 20 countries managed to score 0, both in terms of cyber theft and cyber sabotage.

This list of countries includes Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, North Korea, Peru, Slovakia, Spain, and Uzbekistan.

Some of the states recognized the danger of cyber attacks, and in the past two years, eight countries updated laws and regulations to cater to this new threat category.

Click here to download the Nuclear Threat Initiative study.