Addressing the Cyber Threat to Nuclear Systems

Nuclear Policy Talks
Please  join the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs' Institute for International Science and Technology Policy  and the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management for a discussion on:
Addressing the Cyber Threat to Nuclear Systems
with Dr. Page Stoutland
Cyberattacks are increasingly one of the major threats facing all countries. Systems important for nuclear security are not immune to cyberattacks. Experts have highlighted the vulnerability of nuclear power plant control systems, the risk posed by malevolent insiders to nuclear material accounting systems, the potential for compromise of access control systems, and even the possibility of compromise of nuclear weapons and related systems.
In response, the Nuclear Threat Initiative ( has been working to understand the threat posed by cyberattacks on nuclear systems and to develop recommendations to reduce the risk of catastrophic consequences. This presentation will include discussion of a recent NTI report: Outpacing Cyber Threats: Priorities for Cybersecurity at Nuclear Facilities, as well as the approach being taken to develop a set of policy options to address the cyber threat to nuclear weapons and related systems.
Dr. Page Stoutland, NTI's vice president for scientific and technical affairs, joined the Nuclear Threat Initiative in 2010. He is responsible for NTI's scientific and technically related projects designed to strengthen nuclear security and reduce risks around the world. Current themes include: working to strengthen cybersecurity for nuclear weapons systems and at nuclear facilities, promoting improvements in nuclear materials security through the NTI Nuclear Materials Security Index, strengthening technical cooperation with China.  Dr. Stoutland holds a bachelor's degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and a doctorate in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. After completing his doctorate, he spent two years at Stanford University as a National Institutes of Health post-doctoral fellow.

The George Washington University - Lindner Commons, 6th Floor of the Elliott School

1957 E St, NW, Washington, DC
Lunch will be provided
Thursday, April 13, 2017
12-2:00 pm
This event is part of the Nuclear Policy Talks series