The NNRA in collaboration with the United States (US) Department of Energy, Office of the International Nuclear Security (OINS) organized a 5-day National Training Course on Technical Introduction to Cyber Security at Nuclear and Radiological Facilities. The training which was an opportunity provided to Nigeria to learn and apply caution in its quest to peaceful nuclear energy was held from 22nd-26th January, 2018 at Bon Hotel Grand Pela, Durumi, Abuja.  Experts from the US Department of Energy OINS, Dr. Novella Bridges (Team Leader), Dr. Greg White and Dr. Todd Keller were present as well as participants from  National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Gamma Irradiation Facility (GIF) Sheda, Nigeria Security And Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC), Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Federal Ministry of Justice (FMJ), Federal Ministry of Communication (FMC), Department of State Services (DSS), Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), National Institute for Radiation Protection and Research (NIRPR) and the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA)

Speaking at the Opening Ceremony the DG NNRA, Prof. Lawrence Dim expressed delight with the US OINS for collaborating with NNRA to provide assistance in the area of capacity development, different aspects of security and implementing peaceful security in some of its high risk facilities. He said, ‘’the training is aimed at providing participants with the over view of basic cyber security concepts as they relate to nuclear and radiological facilities’’. He added that the need for a robust nuclear security at facilities cannot be overemphasized and therefore, it is important to understand the threats of cyber attack and cyber security in relation to nuclear and radiological facilities.

The DG went further to say that Nigeria has signed and ratified conventions on physical protection of nuclear materials and its amendments. Also, Nigeria has developed relevant regulations on physical protection of nuclear materials and facilities. ‘’Regulation 2334 identifies the need for physical protection of the system and networks from cyber attack” he said.

Prof. Dim thanked the US Department of Energy OINS for the support to Nigeria in this endeavor and enjoined participants to take the training serious as it will improve their performances in detecting and curbing cyber crimes on nuclear and radiological facilities. He thereafter requested the assistance of the US OINS to offer clear review services in order to help the Authority develop regulation in this area.

The Team Leader from US OINS Dr. Bridges in her remarks was appreciative of the invitation by NNRA and Nigeria as a whole. She emphasized the need to be united and overcome political barriers which is one fundamental concept in eliminating attacks on nuclear and radiological facilities. In addition she said there is need for effective information sharing and urged participants to share information among themselves in order to maximize the full potential of the training.

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