Firms join for nuke plant cybersecurity

July 24, 2012 at 7:15 AM

MCLEAN, Va., July 24 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman and Areva Inc. have partnered to provide cybersecurity support for U.S. nuclear facilities.

The companies said the pairing, in response to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's call for cyber-security protections, will combine Northrop's cybersecurity capabilities with Areva's extensive regulatory experience to help the industry meet the commission's regulatory requirements.

"Protecting the U.S. nuclear power infrastructure from exploitation and attacks of networks, systems, information and physical assets is an industry concern," said Tom Franch, senior vice president of reactors and services, Areva Inc.

"The value created through this agreement will go a long way in helping our utility customers ensure regulatory compliance with ever-increasing safety requirements and help utilities reinforce public confidence by leveraging advanced instrumentation and control technology."

Said James M. Myers, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman's Civil Systems: "We look forward to working with Areva and combining its nuclear industry capabilities with our significant experience protecting mission-critical operations from cybersecurity threats."

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