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Nuclear Energy Regulators Need to Bring on More Cyber Experts, Watchdog Says

An internal audit by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) found that almost one third of the agency’s cybersecurity experts are very close to the retirement age, which could result in a massive shortage of qualified staff by the end of fiscal 2020, even though the cyber threat to nuclear facilities is only increasing.

The audit report[pdf] warns that “if staffing levels and skill sets do not align with cybersecurity inspection workload requirements, NRC’s ability to adapt to a dynamic threat environment and detect problems with [nuclear power plants’] cyber security programs could be compromised.” The NRC is providing cybersecurity training to its inspectors, but these efforts are undermined by budget limitations.

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