One U.S. cybersecurity expert is arguing that world nations should jointly pledge they will spare civil nuclear facilities from computer attacks for humanitarian reasons.
Bruce McConnell co-authored a January 2014 report for the EastWest Institute that describes nuclear information security as a “signature security issue of the information age,” decrying that the topic has received too little attention. “There is a moral and political judgment to be made about humanitarian impacts, even in wartime, of potential release of large amounts of radiation by attacking targets like a nuclear power station,” he contends.
McConnell held various cybersecurity-related jobs during his roughly four-year tenure at the Department of Homeland Security. He left government service last year to join the New York office of the EastWest Institute as a senior vice president and manager of the think tank’s Cooperation in Cyberspace Program.