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United States and Belgium sponsored trailblazing 2019 conference that raised awareness of threat to nuclear and radiological security

VIENNA – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC) held a side event Tuesday at the International Conference on Nuclear Security (ICONS) and announced a new working group to address insider threats.

The International Working Group will advance the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Information Circular 908 – the Joint Statement on Mitigating Insider Threats, which was sponsored by the United States in 2016.

The insider threat remains one of the greatest challenges faced by the nuclear security community. We are working together with partners around the world to counter this potent risk.

Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty
Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator

“The insider threat remains one of the greatest challenges faced by the nuclear security community,” said Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, DOE Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator. “We are working together with partners around the world to counter this potent risk.”

Ambassador Ghislain D’Hoop of Belgium’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Vienna, and Administrator Gordon-Hagerty highlighted the successes since the Symposium – including regional workshops in Argentina, Chile, Morocco, and Ukraine.

Ambassador Ghislain D’Hoop emphasized during this event that “effective measures for the detection, prevention and mitigation of insider threats should be developed and implemented through a structural and comprehensive approach.”

Information Circular 908, now endorsed by 30 countries and INTERPOL, “acknowledge(s) that insider threats are credible and that they pose a serious threat to the security of nuclear and radiological materials.”

During the side event, the Belgian and American teams discussed what they have accomplished since they co-hosted the March 2019 International Symposium on Insider Threat Mitigation. The Symposium raised awareness of the threat insiders pose to nuclear and radiological security and it fostered the sharing of best practices in threat mitigation.

Belgium’s Federal Agency for Nuclear Control also announced that its government would host the first pilot outside of the United States of the IAEA’s Advanced Training Course on Insider Threat Mitigation in 2021.