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The World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS) and the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) are pleased to announce a joint workshop on Understanding and Mitigating the Insider Threat, to be held on 29th – 31st October 2018 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Nuclear operators seek to employ personnel who can be trusted with sensitive information, critical technology, and hazardous nuclear and radioactive materials. This requires employees who are honest, dependable and mentally and physically stable. Social backgrounds and external influences, as well as a host of other influential factors, can create undue levels of vulnerability, altering a person’s dependability, moral character, motivations and allegiances. History has repeatedly shown how such changes have catalysed insider threats and weaknesses in nuclear safety and security, sometimes leading to serious consequences.
Past incidents have clearly demonstrated that insiders can take advantage of their access rights and knowledge of a certain facility, as well as their authority over staff, to bypass dedicated security measures. They can also threaten cyber security, safety measures, and material control and accountancy (MC&A). Insiders are likely to have the time to plan their actions; in addition, they may work with others who share their objectives. Employees may sometimes also cause harm unintentionally, particularly in the cyber realm.
As a concerned professional, you understand that no matter how serious the threat from outsiders may be, it can be leveraged or multiplied through the help of one or more insiders. This International Best Practice Workshop will focus on the measures to prevent, detect and respond to insider actions, and will draw on best practices from the nuclear industry and other sensitive or high value sectors.
The workshop will examine the latest and most effective methods to assess and manage insider threats. It will review programmes and tools developed to ensure the reliability of personnel accessing critical areas or information. The workshop will also explore the role of different stakeholders involved in the identification and mitigation and will assess their current contribution to insider mitigation.
The workshop will build on the discussions held during previous international events run by WINS. It will be conducted in English and will only draw on unclassified information. It will be a fully facilitated event with presentations, plenary and breakout sessions as well as case studies to provide for maximum participation and involvement of all participants.
The key objectives of the workshop are:
The workshop will also provide an opportunity for participants to learn more about the WINS publications dealing with insider threat mitigation and human reliability.
Participation will be limited to 50 delegates, so please let us know as soon as possible if you wish to attend this event. Attendees will be expected to meet their own costs for travel and accommodation, but all workshop related costs will be met by the organisers. No registration fee is required! Participants will be responsible for obtaining a visa for traveling to the United Arab Emirates.
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