Nuclear Cybersecurity: Why We Should Worry

January 25, 2016

Re “Nuclear Facilities in 20 Countries May Be Easy Targets for Cyberattacks” (news article, Jan. 15):

The Nuclear Threat Initiative’s security index rightly criticizes other countries for failing to address the threat of cyberattack against their nuclear facilities but overlooks the failings of our own country.

The report assigns the United States a perfect cybersecurity score, although the Nuclear Regulatory Commission does not require nuclear fuel production facilities, some possessing bomb-usable materials, to have comprehensive programs to protect against cyberattack. The N.R.C. is working on such a rule, but it may not be in place for years.

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