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The threat landscape has evolved—and is continuing to evolve—at an almost unimaginable pace. Cyber terrorism (perpetrated by both States and individuals) has become an enormous threat to businesses, industries and governments around the world. Political upheavals in several regions of the world (greatly assisted by the development of smart phones, internet and social media technology) have led to the rapid rise of terrorist groups using more and more sophisticated tools and weapons. Although difficult to predict on a long-term basis, the frequency and magnitude of attacks perpetrated by malicious individuals, including lone wolves and insiders from across the political spectrum, is unlikely to decline in the near- and medium-term future.
Nuclear operators and other nuclear security stakeholders are already investing significant resources to cope with these continuously evolving threats. Some high-risk facilities are deploying sophisticated modelling and simulation programmes, advanced biometrics, stress analysis technology, robotic guards, remotely operated weapons systems and/or automated mobile detection systems. One of the most important tools is data analytics, which enables the analysis of huge amounts of data in near real-time.
Considering the considerable time and expense involved, it is important to ask: “Do we fully understand our security expenditure and is it focused on the right things?”
It is clear that rapid changes are going to continue taking place–not only in the threat landscape, but also in the nuclear industry. In the years to come, nuclear reactors will change, including the deployment of small modular reactors, and the threats—many of which have not even been anticipated yet—will evolve. It is crucial that those with responsibility for nuclear materials understand the nature of such change and put strategies and structures in place to mitigate it.
The purpose of this workshop was to discuss technological changes that might take place in the coming decades and how nuclear organisations and other nuclear security stakeholders can strategically anticipate and prepare to meet them. Set against the societal backdrop of human rights and corporate governance, this workshop asked:
Based on the workshop’s findings, WINS will produce a Special Report on Advanced Security Technologies to complement its existing publications on Tracking Technologies, Big Data and Modelling & Simulation.
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