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The International Nuclear-Cyber Ecosystem: Control System Hackers Unite

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The Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech is inviting all cybersecurity and privacy students to hear from Chris Spirito of the Idaho National Laboratory. Spirito will walk students through the International Nuclear-Cyber Ecosystem, an area of cybersecurity that has developed to protect nuclear energy plants from cyber attacks.

Where: Boggs Building, Room 3-47
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The proliferation of cyber-attacks over the past 25 years has known no boundary. Every digital system is a target for threat actors to deliver their cyber effects and thus an opportunity to subvert plant functions, undermining safety and security concerns. To address these concerns a Nuclear-Cyber Ecosystem has developed where a diverse set of hackers have taken up parts of this problem space to identify solutions for our existing operating space and make recommendations for securing future architectures. Walking through this ecosystem together, we will see how research at Universities and National Laboratories complement work at international bodies such as the IAEA, and how the hackers of the world, from nearly every domain, are uniting to field control system architectures and defensive capabilities resilient to the evolving set of cyber threats.


Chris Spirito is a Nuclear Cyber Security Analyst for Idaho National Laboratory (INL). A graduate of Boston College with a degree in Mathematics, he supports Nuclear-Cyber work programs with US partners and is Principal Investigator for a research program on remote and autonomous operations for advanced reactors. Prior to joining INL, Chris was the International Cyber Lead for The MITRE Corporation. He is also a board member for WiRED International, a global health NGO providing medical education to underserved regions of the world.

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