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Vulnerabilities at the World’s power generating plants continue to increase as terrorist states and saboteurs become more dangerous, world security agency warns

DALLAS (Jan. 20, 2014) – A devastating loss of power over large areas during critical times of national defense is becoming more likely if new safety measures are not constantly developed. “We are no longer looking at just an obvious terrorist attack on facilities,” says Roger Howsley, Executive Director of the World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS), “People are very sophisticated, there are more subtle ways of doing things.”

WINS was originally founded in 2008 by former US senators Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar to keep high hazard radioactive materials secure from theft, sabotage and general terrorist activities. But now all power generating plants have become a concern, not just nuclear. “In recent months we ran a very successful program looking at interaction between cyber security and physical protection,” said Howsley. “If you look at the way organizations are structured it is commonly the case the security department is responsible for physical protection, sort of a guard service which in some countries is armed and other countries not. But the security department is rarely responsible for cyber protection.”

Howsley points out it is because the traditional way of looking at security is to have a security director and armed guarding unit. “It’s probably not the best model these days for an enterprise-wide arrangement for security because you have to involve and team up with people who are responsible for the firewalls, the cyber security side” Howsley said.

Howsley spoke by phone from his office in Vienna, Austria, on the ScienceNews Radio Network program, the Promise of Tomorrow with Colonel Mason []. The program originates in Dallas, Texas, and can now be heard Webcast and archived for its world audience. The same program aired concerns by the CEO of a growing power security company dedicated to help WINS be more effective in increasing security, Phrantceena Halres of Total Protection Services Global.

On the program Howsley said “of course the question now is how close do you have to get to a nuclear facility before you might be able to inflict very serious damage? I think the world is much more complicated, we have to not only get competence among the guard force, we have to get competence across the organization.



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