Nuclear watchdog computer security role

THE International Atomic Energy Agency could add computer security at nuclear plants to its remit after it emerged that stuxnet, the first computer worm known to attack industrial machinery, is indeed targeted at nuclear energy equipment as many observers had suspected."It's not the IAEA's primary role to monitor how well nuclear plants are operating," says Greg Webb, spokesman for the nuclear watchdog in Vienna, Austria. "But if our 150 member states want us to, we could facilitate meetings that help nuclear operators develop more secure computing systems."Such measures might include ensuring there are no connections between office computers and PCs monitoring control systems - or ensuring plant staff cannot insert USB sticks which may carry malware into critical hardware.

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