UK PONI: How to tackle Cyber Security Challenges in the Nuclear Industry

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This UK PONI event, held in partnership with the South West Nuclear Hub at the University of Bristol, will consider the cyber challenges faced by the civil and military nuclear sectors.

The UK's National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS) 2016 - 2021 highlighted the potential risks that advanced state cyber programmes could pose to the UK's critical national infrastructure, and the decreasing rarity of the use of offensive cyber tools for disruption and destruction. At the same time, the UK's future energy security depends on a revitalised nuclear sector with significant involvement from China, a state widely assessed to be pursuing exactly those capabilities about which the NCSS is concerned. Taken together with the increased public attention that will likely be paid to the safety, security and reliability of nuclear weapons later in this parliament, as the UK makes its decision on a future nuclear warhead, this motivates a reality check on the threat picture and the different sectoral responses to it.

UK PONI and the South West Nuclear Hub at the University of Bristol will co-host an evening panel on this subject, drawing on speakers from academia, government and industry to outline the reality and future of the threat, and what the UK is - and should be - doing about it.

This event will be held on 7 February at the University of Bristol's Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queen's Building, University Walk, with refreshments served from 1730 and the panel beginning at 1800. The event will be followed by a wine & networking reception.

For further information about this event, please contact Jeremy Wimble via

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