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Nuclear Safety in Canada

21:00 21 March in Nuclear

The Canadian nuclear industry protects people and the environment by placing safety above all other goals.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), which regulates industry participants, vows that it will “never compromise safety.” This means that safety trumps all other considerations, including production, schedule, and cost. The industry’s track record is both impressive and thoroughly documented – but never taken for granted.

A CNSC inspector verifying a control panel

A CNSC inspector verifying a control panel. Source: CNSC.

The CNSC reports annually on the nuclear power industry’s safety performance, as well as on the performance of the mines, mills and processing facilities that produce nuclear fuel. It also reports annually on the nuclear safety performance of the medical, industrial, commercial, and academic and research sectors.

The CNSC examines industry members’ performance annually, using 14 broad tests of the areas of management, facilities and equipment, and core control processes. Each test grades the performance as “fully satisfactory,” “satisfactory,” “below expectations,” or “unacceptable.” On its website, the CNSC offers an interactive simulation of an inspection of a typical CANDU reactor.

Nuclear safety is a global issue: substandard safety regulations in one country could lead to accidents that affect others; also, countries that harness nuclear technologies can learn from the best practices of other leaders in the field. One of Canada’s closest partners is the United States, where nuclear safety is guided by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The CNSC also works closely with the International Atomic Energy Agency, a United Nations organization that seeks to promote the responsible use of nuclear energy for peaceful ends.

Likewise, the Canadian nuclear industry also has a global partner, the World Nuclear Association, which shares the industry’s interest in promoting the safe use of nuclear technology internationally.

ARTICLE: Canadian Nuclear Association. ‘Safety Regulations’, Online Safety & Regulations Section.

The Importance of Security at the Workplace

18:00 04 October in Security

Physical security is very important, but it is usually overlooked by most organizations. It is necessary if you do not want anyone to snatch away your information or destroy it, in case of natural calamity. The reason could be anything, the attacker doing it for personal gain, financial gain, for seeking revenge or you were the vulnerable target available. If this security is not maintained properly, all the safety measures will be useless once the attacker gets through by gaining physical access. Though physical security is proving to be challenging than previous decades as there are more sensitive devices available (like USB drives, laptops, smartphones, tablets, etc.) that enables the stealing of data easy and smooth.

Physical security is very important, but it is usually overlooked by most organizations.

As mentioned before there are fewer measures used for physical security and no one pays heed to it as attention is mostly on technology-oriented security. This slip-up gives the attacker a chance to exploit data or open ports. They scheme plans of penetrating the network through unauthorized means. Though there are internal threats too, for example, employees that have access to all the areas of the company can steal the assets with ease.

There are many methods and equipment that are difficult to scale by an intruder, have a low initial setup cost and can significantly reduce security threat. The following list of things help maintain a good and strong physical security:

  • Intrusion detector
  • CCTV, smart cards
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Guards
  • Suppression systems
  • Intrusion alarm
  • Motion detectors
  • Physical access
  • Chain link fence
  • RFID tags
  • Barbed wire and much more.

Access control (AC) are accessible to multiple operators; it includes authorization, access approval, multiple identity verifications, authentication, and audit.

Article Resource: https://resources.infosecinstitute.com/importance-physical-security-workplace/