Oyster Creek Security Plan OK’d

Friday, August 12, 2011 @ 12:08 PM gHale

A new cyber security plan gained approval for the Oyster Creek nuclear plant.

The plan protects on-site servers against computer hackers and viruses, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said.

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“In a facility like a nuclear power plant, so much is operated through (information technology) systems and networks,” said Suzanne D’Ambrosio, a spokeswoman for Oyster Creek’s owner, Exelon. “It’s absolutely vital in these times that there’s a strong cyber security program in place.”

The new security plan governs on-site computer resources including servers, which a full tech staff operates, D’Ambrosio said.

The plan comes following a 2009 NRC cyber-security rule requiring an overhaul.

The Oyster Creek plan offers “high assurance that digital computer and communication systems and networks … are adequately protected against cyber-attacks,” NRC staff said.

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