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International Conference on Computer Security in a Nuclear World: Expert Discussion and Exchange

Vienna, Austria 1 - 5 June 2015

Vienna, Austria
1 – 5 June 2015

Organized by the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

in cooperation with
International Criminal Police Organization – INTERPOL
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)
International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)

Computer security involves the protection of digital data and the defence of systems and networks against malicious acts. Computer systems and networks that support nuclear facility operations include non-standard information technology systems that affect architecture, configuration and performance requirements. These systems can include specialized industrial control systems, access control systems, alarm and tracking systems and information systems pertaining to safety and security and emergency response. The Stuxnet computer security incident demonstrated that nuclear facilities can be susceptible to cyberattack. This and other events have significantly raised global concerns over potential vulnerabilities and the possibility of a cyberattack or a joint cyber–physical attack that could impact nuclear security. The increasing use of computers and other digital electronic equipment presents an ever more likely target for cyberattack that may affect physical protection systems at nuclear facilities as well as facility safety systems, instrumentation, information processing and communications. In addition, computer security for facilities handling nuclear and other radioactive material, and associated activities such as transport, present a unique set of challenges. This conference has been organized to foster international cooperation in computer security as an essential element of nuclear security.

Purpose and purpose and objectives

    • Review the international community’s experience, achievements and lessons learned for strengthening computer security within the framework of nuclear security
    • Enhance understanding of current approaches for computer security worldwide within nuclear regimes
    • Review emerging trends in computer security and identify areas that need to be addressed
    • Provide a global forum for competent authorities, operators and other entities engaged in computer security activities relevant to nuclear security
    • Discuss possible objectives and priorities for nuclear security efforts in computer security and how current approaches may evolve to address current and future challenges.
    • Discuss ways the IAEA and other international organizations can contribute to international cooperation in this growing area


      • Cyberthreats in Nuclear Security
      • Computer Security and System Design for Systems at Nuclear Facilities
      • Coordination for Ensuring Computer Security in a Nuclear Security Regime
      • Nuclear Security Regulatory Approaches to Information and Computer Securit
      • Computer Security Programmes at Licensed Facilities
      • Computer Security Management in Nuclear Security
      • Computer Security Culture and Capacity Building for Nuclear Security International and Legal

Considerations in Relation to Computer Security at Nuclear Facilities

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