Nuclear cyber security conference | Realisation of the Industrial Control Cyber Threat to Critical National Infrastructure

Nuclear, water treatment facilities, oil and gas refineries and chemical plants face cyber security threat

According to a recent article in the New York Times, “A Cyberattack in Saudi Arabia Had a Deadly Goal. Experts Fear Another Try.”

“In August, a petrochemical company with a plant in Saudi Arabia was hit by a new kind of cyberassault. The attack was not designed to simply destroy data or shut down the plant, investigators believe. It was meant to sabotage the firm’s operations and trigger an explosion.

The attack was a dangerous escalation in international hacking, as faceless enemies demonstrated both the drive and the ability to inflict serious physical damage. And United States government officials, their allies and cybersecurity researchers worry that the culprits could replicate it in other countries, since thousands of industrial plants all over the world rely on the same American-engineered computer systems that were compromised.” Full Article here

Nuclear facilities have been highlighted in these investigations among other industrial control facilities. Nuclear however has the most devastating potential in relation to deadly consequences. The Cyber Senate will be addressing cyber security in industrial control systems this May 22/23rd in Warrington United Kingdom. Please see www.industrialcontrolsecuritynuclear.com for further details on this collaboration of industry leaders addressing this urgent issue.

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