Fundamentals of Cyber Security for Nuclear Plants
February 22-23, 2018
Chicago, IL

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Like other parts of critical infrastructure, nuclear power faces cyber security threats, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has mandated that these threats be addressed ultimately through an agreed upon approach through NEI 08-09 and NEI 13-10.  However, because of the potential impacts to safety and security, operators face much greater challenges in providing needed cyber security controls for Critical Digital Assets (CDAs).  New digital components are being implemented that are challenging many preconceived notions of how technology is used in a nuclear plant. As the options for access and control become more complicated, so does security. Threats are evolving at a rapid pace, and with national security and nuclear safety on the line, the industry is racing to keep up. As the mandatory NRC regulations and approaches are revised to address industry challenges, the industry is still responsible for its plants and protecting from design basis threats from cyber security vulnerabilities.  Notwithstanding growing questions and concerns from Owner and Utility Boards of Directors over cyber security at their nuclear plants, each inspection of Milestone commitments yields new insight into the NRC’s concerns over cyber security in the nuclear industry.

This course is an in-depth introduction to cyber security issues facing the nuclear industry and plant assets today. It is meant as a primer to give the necessary background for all staff to understand the concepts and complexities of cyber security and compliance with NEI cyber security controls.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss current value at risk from cyber security threats facing nuclear power plants
  • Analyze cyber threats and vulnerabilities
  • Define, assess and manage cyber security risk for nuclear plants
  • Review and analyze NRC cyber security controls
  • Discuss NRC cyber security inspection techniques and interpretations
  • Identify key NEI 08-09 and NEI 13-10 implementation strategies
  • Discuss the convergence of Maintenance/Operations/Engineering/Security/Cyber security departments, internal communication strategies and building cross-functional teams
  • Review practical techniques for risk management and data protection
  • Articulate holistic cyber security program strategies focused on prevention



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day, be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

This course will use PowerPoint presentations and group discussions.


Thursday, February 22, 2018

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Registration

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. :: Hacking and Hardware – Understanding Cyber Threats to Nuclear  Power Plants and the Value at Risk

  • Current cyber security threats facing nuclear plants
  • Common vulnerabilities and consequences
  • Predictions of future cyber security challenges

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. :: Networking Break

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. :: Continuation of Value at Risk: Threats to Nuclear Power Plants

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: Plant-Wide Cyber Security Part A: Moving Beyond Cyber Security as an IT Problem

  • Top concerns in the nuclear industry
  • Interesting approaches to license commitments

Friday, February 23, 2018

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. :: NRC 10 CFR 73.54, Regulatory Guide 5.71, NEI 08-09, and NRC Inspection Manual Chapters

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Networking Break

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Plant-Wide Cyber Security Part B: Moving Beyond Cyber Security as an IT Problem

  • Best practices for nuclear cyber decurity
  • Preparing for Milestone 1-Milestone 7 inspections
  • NEI 08-09 Strategy & Technology
  • Core assets and Critical Digital Assets (CDAs)
  • Levels 1-4
  • CDA grouping
  • Cyber rvaluation
  • SCIP development and assessment
  • NEI 13-10
  • Presenting to the CSAT
  • Cyber program roles and responsibilities
  • Internal communication strategies
  • Building a cross-functional team

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. :: Continuation of Plant-Wide Cyber Security Part B: Moving Beyond Cyber Security as an IT Problem (Continued)

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. :: Networking Break

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: Integrating Cyber Security across the Plant

  • Enterprise roles and responsibilities
  • Internal cyber security strategy
  • Cyber security integration across the plant
  • End-to-end cyber security from back office to core business

5:00 p.m. :: Course Adjourns


Rob Schuler, Cyber Strategy Manager, Accenture Security

Mr. Schuler is a Cyber Security Strategy Manager and Technical Thought Leader with Accenture Security in the United States.  He has 20 years of cyber security risk management and systems security engineering experience across multiple industries.  Over this period, he has become a recognized expert in cyber security guidance for control systems, including Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) 08-09 and NEI 13-10.

Mr. Schuler has key expertise in helping industry clients define their needs and translate them into actionable program goals. He has a strong history of guiding teams toward shared agreement, facilitating process refinement, and aligning organizational culture with program expectations. 

Mr. Schuler’s industry outreach activities have included frequent speaking engagements delivering nuclear and utility control system cyber security courses and speaking on industry panels, where his technical knowledge and interactive style is helping key industry participants reach a shared understanding of cyber security threats, compliance standards, and how to enhance security architectures while meeting regulatory objectives.


Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel
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Chicago, IL 60611

To reserve your room, please call 1-312-751-8100 or book online here.
Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.

Room Rate:

The room rate is $99.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.

Room Block Dates:

A room block has been reserved for the nights of February 20 – 22, 2018.

Rate Available Until:

Make your reservations prior to February 5, 2018, 2018. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.


Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

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Friday, February 02, 2018
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Fundamentals of Cyber Security for Nuclear PlantsUS $ 1195.00US $ 1395.00

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Fundamentals of Cyber Security for UtilitiesUS $ 1195.00US $ 1395.00

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Cancellation Policy

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before January 19, 2018 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800