US to tighten nuclear cyber security

    Date26 Jan 2005
    CategoryGovernment
    8130
    Posted ByBenjamin D. Thomas
    Federal regulators are proposing to add computer security standards to their criteria for installing new computerized safety systems in nuclear power plants. The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) quietly launched a public comment period late last month on a proposed 15-page update to its regulatory guide "Criteria for Use of Computers in Safety Systems of Nuclear Power Plants." The current version, written in 1996, is three pages long and makes no mention of security.

    The replacement would expand existing safety and reliability requirements for digital safety system, and infuse security requirements into every stage of a system's lifecycle, from drawing board to retirement.

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