Nuclear Reactor Cybersecurity Targeted by New US Legislation

Under new United States legislation, operators of the US electricity grid will be subject to greater regulation of their cybersecurity practices:

A visit from the Slammer worm ... may have been in part to blame for failures at a nuclear power plant in 2003, the report said. And in March, electric industry security consultants reported numerous intrusions into control systems. No serious damage was done, they said, but the activity 'heightened concerns' about future foul play.

Of course, the sensible solution would be simply to isolate all mission-critical systems from remote networks. Connecting a nuclear reactor's monitoring computer to the internet is sheer folly.

Originally by CNET - Security, 12:06 PM