Insider threat expert addresses nuclear security

19 March 2019

A GCU expert on 'insider threats' has taken part in a major symposium on security in the nuclear power industry.

Professor Rona Beattie was Brussels last week for Insider Threat Mitigation for Nuclear Energy to present research on the role of managing insider threats and people security within organisations.

Insider Threats can range from accidental disclosure of confidential information, misuse of social media and petty theft, through to fraud, corruption, bribery, industrial espionage and terrorism.

The symposium, hosted by Belgian Federal Agency of Nuclear Control and the National Nuclear Security Agency of the US Department of Energy, explored the mitigation of the risk of Insider Threats in the nuclear energy and radiological materials' sectors, covering industries such as energy, health, food and agriculture.

More than 200 delegates from 54 countries attended the event, including Dr David BaMaung, Honorary Professor at Glasgow School for Business and Society, who shared his expertise on aviation security.

During the three-day symposium, delegates were given a fictitious nuclear-security event and asked to influence how events unfold.

The event aimed to raise awareness of the insider threat to nuclear facilities, and radioactive materials, in storage, or during transportation.