The NRC is joining the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and others in support of the National Cyber Awareness Month’s Campaign to: Stop.Think.Connect.
But cyber security — defending against hackers, criminals, and cyber terrorists — is a year ‘round focus for us.
The NRC’s cyber security team includes technology and threat assessment experts who team with other federal agencies and the nuclear industry to evaluate and help resolve issues that could affect digital systems. Our regulations also require nuclear power plants to adhere to strict requirements to make sure computer and communication systems and networks are protected from cyber attacks.
For NRC employees, there is cyber security awareness training, including “phishing” tests to help users identify and respond appropriately to attempts to trick them into providing sensitive information. There are also agency-wide policy and standards for appropriate cyber security controls to protect important NRC information.
For October, we are paying special attention to cybersecurity in all aspects of our lives. As DHS says:
“Few of us need to be reminded of the impact cyberspace has on our lives. From the kitchen table to the classroom, from business transactions to essential government operations and services, cybersecurity is an issue that touches all of us. While increased connectivity has led to amazing transformations and global advances across society, it also has increased the importance and complexity of our shared risk. We all have an important role to play. Emerging cyber threats require engagement from the entire American community—from government and law enforcement to the private sector and most importantly, members of the public, to create a safe, secure, and resilient cyber environment.”