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How to Tackle Cyber Security Challenges in the Nuclear Industry

February 7, 2018 -5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


An Expert Panel from academia, government and industry will consider the cyber challenges facing the civil and military nuclear sectors


Date: Wednesday 7th February

Venue: Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queen’s Building, University Walk

Light refreshments will be served from 1730, with the panel beginning at 1800

The event will be followed by a wine & networking reception


UK PONI members: https://rusi.org/event/uk-poni-how-tackle-cyber-security-challenges-nuclear-industry

Non-UK PONI members: https://nuclearcybersecurity.eventbrite.co.uk

The South West Nuclear Hub is hosting this UK PONI event that 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.


  • Dr Kris Stoddart - Aberystwyth University
  • Lewis Vince - MASS
  • Ewan Lawson - Royal United Services Institute

Other speakers will be added when confirmed


  • Introduction from the South West Nuclear Hub
  • Ewan Lawson - state threat capabilities
  • Lewis Vince - cyber risks from a practitioner perspective
  • Kris Stoddart - issues and responses for military nuclear complexes
  • Q&A

UK Project on Nuclear Issues (UK PONI)



The UK Project on Nuclear Issues (UK PONI) is a cross-generational network of over 1000 active members, run by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) which encourages young scholars and professionals to engage with established experts on contemporary nuclear issues, and aims to foster the next generation of nuclear experts. Each year, UK PONI invites emerging experts to present their research and ideas to established members of the UK nuclear community at its Annual Conference, and convenes a bilateral conference together with US counterparts at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Throughout the year UK PONI hosts a series of evening seminars across the UK addressing a range of civil and military nuclear issues.  It also runs a blog, Nuclear Reactions, which serves as a platform for our members to comment on current civil and military nuclear issues, share insights from their research, and put forward their own arguments.

The membership of UK PONI is drawn from government, the military, academia and industry; it is free of charge and open to anyone interested in, working on, or studying issues related to nuclear weapons or nuclear energy. For more information please visit the project website.


Venue Information


The following link gives information and maps on how to get to the University of Bristol: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/maps/directions/ 


February 7, 2018
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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