WINS Academy Programme

 

Our programme consists of a Foundation Module plus nine electives. All participants must first enrol in the Foundation Module and can then select the elective of their choice.

All modules use a problem-based approach to learning that is practitioner-focused, hands-on, cross-functional and immediately useful. Our goal is to ensure that the modules tell a compelling, well-researched story that speaks to an educated audience but avoids stilted bureaucratic or academic language. We also incorporate numerous case studies, exercises and questions for reflection to stimulate thinking and increase learning.

Every module requires approximately 40 hours of study and can be completed entirely online. Traditional hardcopy textbooks are also provided for each course. No prior knowledge or prerequisites are required to sign up for the programme except for a working knowledge of English. (Note that the Foundation Module and the elective modules for Radioactive Source Security Management and for Transport Security Management are also available in Spanish.)

WINS Academy Programme

Foundation Module

This module provides the operating context for nuclear security. It sets out key features of the nuclear industry, including its historical development, future prospects, national and international stakeholders, and some key characteristics of nuclear and other radioactive material. It also describes how the threat environment is changing and some of the actions that governments, industry and non-governmental communities around the world are taking to enhance the nuclear security regime.

By the end of the course, participants will understand how clearly defined nuclear security responsibilities and interface arrangements help to reduce the likelihood of a terrorist incident, how current developments in international governance and assurance are relevant to nuclear security, and why personnel with accountabilities for nuclear security must be demonstrably competent.

This programme is available in Spanish language too.

Please contact Anna Gredinger for requests to purchase the programme. The module can be purchased for 425 Euros.

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Foundation Module

Nuclear Security Governance

Course Structure

Board and Executive Interactions

This module combines (and completely revises) two previous modules: Nuclear Security Governance and Nuclear Security for Executive Management. It focuses on the duties of a board of directors who are responsible for the governance of a nuclear organisation and on the concomitant responsibilities of the executive management team. By working together, these two important functions can create a high level of assurance that nuclear security is well-understood and well-managed within an organisation.

To better demonstrate the complex issues involved in governing and managing nuclear security, the module uses an innovative approach structured around a fictional scenario that weaves throughout the units. The scenario highlights key issues faced by members of the board and the executive management team as they deal with the consequences of a nuclear security incident. In the process, they confront a variety of issues and make several important decisions designed to improve the governance and management of nuclear security.

By the end of the module, participants will understand the role of nuclear security in supporting an organisation’s operational strategy. They will understand the potential consequences should an organisation fail to effectively manage the risks arising from nuclear security threats, how to develop a nuclear security policy and strategy, and how to implement an effective nuclear security programme. Participants will also understand what security culture is, why it plays such an important role in mitigating the threat, and how to create and maintain it effectively throughout the organisation.

Please contact Anna Gredinger for requests to purchase the programme. The programme can be purchased as a package (that includes Foundation module and one Elective) for 850 Euros.  However, for those who are interested in the Elective only, the elective costs 425 Euros.

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Nuclear Security Governance

Nuclear Security for Scientists Technicians and Engineers

Course Structure

This module helps scientists, technicians and engineers (STEs) who work with nuclear and/or other radioactive materials understand the importance of nuclear security and their responsibilities for contributing to it.

The module emphasizes that a nuclear organisation cannot be safe unless it is also secure. Should an event occur—whether the initial cause stems from a safety issue or the malicious intent to do harm—both safety and security will need to work together to resolve it.

By the end of the course, participants will understand basic threats to nuclear and other radioactive material—including insider threat and cyber threat—and the role that STEs play in helping to decrease (or increase) such threats. They will also understand some basic physical security concepts, some of the numerous areas in which safety intersects with security, and some practical steps STEs and security personnel can take to begin bridging the gap between them.

Please contact Anna Gredinger for requests to purchase the programme. The programme can be purchased as a package (that includes Foundation module and one Elective) for 850 Euros. However, for those who are interested in the Elective only, the elective costs 425 Euro.

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Nuclear Security for Scientists Technicians and Engineers

Radioactive Source Security Management

Course Structure

The audience for this module consists of senior managers who are responsible for overseeing the security of high activity radioactive sources in medical, industrial, academic and research facilities. This is generally the direct responsibility of a Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) who reports directly or indirectly to a board of directors. The module may also be of interest to regulatory oversight personnel, particularly inspectors and license reviewers.

RSOs have historically inherited the responsibility of overseeing the implementation of security requirements since some security measures (e.g., material accounting, access control and physically securing equipment) were already part of their safety responsibilities. Such professionals have a good knowledge of radiation protection and safety practices and the use of radioactive sources, but they often lack formal security education and training. Consequently, an overriding goal of this module is to help these professionals broaden their orientation from one that only concerns inadvertent incidents to one that also encompasses malicious and intentional acts with significant consequences.

Real-life experience has demonstrated that most security failures stem from inadequate management practices and that such failures can have serious consequences for individuals, communities, and the environment, as well as for the organisation’s financial stability, reputation and liability.

By the end of the course, participants will understand how other radioactive materials are characterized and some of the threats that such materials face. They will also understand global, State and licensee responsibilities; the essential elements of physical and transport security; and the elements that should be included in a security policy, security programme and security plan for other radioactive materials.

This programme is available in Spanish language too.

Please contact Anna Gredinger for requests to purchase the programme. The programme can be purchased as a package (that includes Foundation module and one Elective) for 850 Euros. However, for those who are interested in the Elective only, the elective costs 425 Euro.

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Radioactive Source Security Management

Nuclear Security Incident Management

Course Structure

The audience for this module consists of guard forces, police, first responders and national-level civilian and military response forces who are responsible for responding to a nuclear security event.

The module addresses some of the key issues that organisations could face when planning and implementing security incident arrangements that could require an armed response. In doing so, the module recognizes that circumstances will vary from one State to another; therefore, it seeks to provide insights into the principles of effective emergency management and incident response rather than prescriptive standards. The module asks informed questions that prompt reflection and further enquiry and addresses the strategic context for incident management.

By the end of the course, participants will understand what needs to be considered when preparing a guard force to respond to an incident. They will also understand how to manage a response to an actual incident and how to ensure the effectiveness of post-incident investigations. They will also learn how to use scenarios to plan and test emergency response and increase the effectiveness of their decision making.

Please contact Anna Gredinger for requests to purchase the programme. The programme can be purchased as a package (that includes Foundation module and one Elective) for 850 Euros. However, for those who are interested in the Elective only, the elective costs 425 Euro.

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Nuclear Security Incident Management

Communicating with Civil Society

Course Structure

The audience for this module consists of professionals in the nuclear sector whose responsibilities include communicating with civil society on nuclear security issues—either on a day-to-day basis or during a crisis. Such professionals may not be specialists in marketing or public relations, but they understand the importance of communicating effectively with their local community, civil society organisations, politicians and the media. The module may also interest leaders in civil society and the media who seek to increase their understanding of the challenges nuclear professionals face when communicating about nuclear security to civil society audiences.

By the end of the course, participants will understand the basic elements of the communication process, the crucial role that trust plays in any relationship, and the numerous benefits of stakeholder dialogue and active engagement with civil society. They will also understand the communication needs that traditional and social media have and how to communicate about nuclear security in a crisis.

Please contact Anna Gredinger for requests to purchase the programme. The programme can be purchased as a package (that includes Foundation module and one Elective) for 850 Euros. However, for those who are interested in the Elective only, the elective costs 425 Euro.

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Communicating with Civil Society

Nuclear Security Programme Management

Course Structure

The audience for this module consists of senior managers who, as functional specialists, are responsible for implementing their organisation’s nuclear security arrangements.

The module explains that licensees are likely to have a large number of external interfaces with government-related organisations responsible for national security, including policing and law enforcement, intelligence assessment and dissemination, and the regulation of nuclear facilities and transport operations. Because such interfaces are a potential source of confusion over roles and responsibilities, managing them requires the establishment and implementation of a comprehensive nuclear security programme.

By the end of the course, participants will understand the characteristics of an effective security director; how to manage relationships with internal stakeholders, external stakeholders, and the security team; and how to measure performance.

Please contact Anna Gredinger for requests to purchase the programme. The programme can be purchased as a package (that includes Foundation module and one Elective) for 850 Euros. However, for those who are interested in the Elective only, the elective costs 425 Euro.

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Nuclear Security Programme Management

Nuclear Security Regulation

Course Structure

The audience for this module consists of regulatory staff who are responsible for the licensing, regulation and oversight of security for nuclear and other radioactive materials. It is also relevant to other stakeholders who interact with regulators and have an interest in helping to ensure that the regulatory regime is both effective and efficient.

The fundamental objective of all nuclear regulatory bodies is to ensure that nuclear licensees operate their facilities at all times in a safe and secure manner. It is the responsibility of nuclear security regulators to set requirements, monitor licensee performance, and take appropriate action when licensees are not in compliance with the requirements. Regulations that involve overwhelming layers of requirements, bureaucracy and red tape not only hamper the regulated, but also the regulators, thereby increasing unproductive costs for everyone involved.

By the end of the course, participants will understand the benefits of an outcome-focused, risk-based approach to nuclear regulation and implementation, how to build trust between regulators and licensees, the steps in the regulatory cycle, and how to measure regulatory performance and competence.

Please contact Anna Gredinger for requests to purchase the programme. The programme can be purchased as a package (that includes Foundation module and one Elective) for 850 Euros. However, for those who are interested in the Elective only, the elective costs 425 Euro.

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Nuclear Security Regulation

Transport Security Management

Course Structure

The audience for this module consists of individuals employed by organisations with responsibilities for the safe, secure shipment of nuclear or other radioactive material. Examples include those who prepare nuclear material for transport (producers, suppliers, distributors, consignors), those who transport nuclear material (carriers), those who take delivery of a shipment (receivers, consignees), and those who provide  operational support (escort and guard force personnel).

The module addresses some of the key issues that organizations could face when planning and implementing the transport of nuclear and other radioactive material. Such transport may comprise multiple modes (roads, rail, inland waterways, sea), take place across national boundaries, and require adherence to a variety of laws and regulations. Nuclear transports may also involve numerous stakeholders, many of whom change as the transport proceeds. Consequently, ensuring effective transportation security requires careful planning, communication and coordination.

By the end of the course, participants will understand the international framework for transport security; the types of materials that may be transported; the risks these materials pose during transport that require specific security actions; how to plan, develop and implement a sound security system using a graded approach based on risk; and how to ensure that emergency response capabilities are adequate over the transport route to be followed.

This programme is available in Spanish language too.

Please contact Anna Gredinger for requests to purchase the programme. The programme can be purchased as a package (that includes Foundation module and one Elective) for 850 Euros. However, for those who are interested in the Elective only, the elective costs 425 Euro.

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Transport Security Management

Cybersecurity in the Nuclear Industry

The module provides an overview of the challenges, terminology and relevant best practices, as well as insights for reflection on how cybersecurity could be improved in the learner’s own organisation.

By the end of the course, participants will better understand the information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) systems that could be the target of a cyberattack; who the cyberthreats might be, including their motivation, intention and capability; and steps that nuclear organisations can take to effectively prepare for and respond to a cybersecurity incident.

The audience for this module includes managers with responsibility for security as well as regulators, government departments and others who wish to better understand the background and implications of cybersecurity in the nuclear industry.

Please contact Anna Gredinger for requests to purchase the programme. The programme can be purchased as a package (that includes Foundation module and one Elective) for 850 Euros. However, for those who are interested in the Elective only, the elective costs 425 Euro.

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Cybersecurity in the Nuclear Industry

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