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Westinghouse, McAfee to equip nuclear plants with new cybersecurity systems

Amid growing concern about cyber attacks on America’s infrastructure, Westinghouse Electric Corp. on Wednesday signed an agreement with an Intel Corp. subsidiary to provide cybersecurity software to nuclear power plant control systems around the world.

The agreement with McAfee Inc. means Westinghouse will offer systems to new and existing nuclear power plants, whether designed by Cranberry-based Westinghouse or a competitor. The companies did not disclose terms of their deal.

Large-scale systems known as supervisory control and data acquisition, or SCADA, systems are critical to operation of facilities from water treatment plants to banks to power plants.

“But SCADA systems themselves have been very vulnerable to cyber attacks, such as denial of service or just about anything else you can do,” said E. Douglas Harris, executive director of the CyberSecurity and Emergency Preparedness Institute at the University of Texas, Dallas.


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