Cyber security of industrial control systems is a growing concern in all industries, and particularly in the nuclear industry; a multi-billion-dollar worldwide market. Demands for modern, technology-based solutions emerge daily. While a large commercial industry caters to the cyber security of information technology (IT) systems, most solution providers are focused on conventional hacking and data theft. The cyber security of industrial control systems used in nuclear power plants, as well as non-nuclear process plants, and other critical energy infrastructure is in its infancy. Unlike IT systems, industrial control systems are often bound by strict regulatory requirements and rigorous change controls that introduce complexities, risks and costs. Solutions require specialists in Instrumentation & Control systems with cyber security expertise.
CNL is actively working towards the development of a nuclear industrial control cyber intrusion detection and mitigation system for protection of Canada’s critical infrastructure.
The CNL cyber security team, located in Cyber-New Brunswick’s (Cyber-NB) Knowledge Park hub in Fredericton, will expand into the new Cyber-NB new building in 2020-21, with access to Level-2 security facilities. This expansion will enable CNL to offer Level 2 secure services to, and collaborate on, level-2 secure technology needs with National Defence, the Centre for Cybersecurity, NRCan, CNSC, and CNSC licensees.
CNL has developed a simulator of a reactor control system as a test bed for developing intrusion-resistant systems, intrusion detection and remediation. This secure, simulated cyber-physical environment offers a unique environment for safely and realistically simulating cyberattacks on nuclear industrial control systems, for testing security control measures including supply chain qualification of programmable electronic systems in nuclear power plants and for training plant personnel in cyber security.