With many power industry projects in the pipeline over the next 10 years, the Welsh Government took the initiative and invited Nuclear Insider to stage the first Nuclear Industry Knowledge Management & Cyber Security Conference in Cardiff.
The event was attended by senior names from every level of the nuclear project life cycle as well as subject matter experts from the cyber security industry to discuss how to enhance knowledge and information transparency along the nuclear supply chain whilst at the same time maintaining the highest standards of cyber security in an environment of increasing cyber threats to critical national infrastructure.
As Host Sponsors of the event, the Welsh Government were invited to officially open the conference. However, in recognition of the critical role cyber security businesses play in the industry, the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster were invited to make the opening speech.
The honour fell to John Davies, Director of Pervade Software and Co-Founder of the Cluster, to welcome the nuclear industry delegates to the Principality and open the event.
"Many generations in Wales have supported the power industry" said John, "and, although we no longer work the coal mines, we as a nation are still committed to supporting the quest for clean and affordable energy. The strong and vibrant ecosystem of cyber security expertise in the Region is also committed to protecting this quest from the kind of malicious cyber attacks other countries have suffered to their national infrastructure."
The conference coincided with the announcement that the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon Power Plant project had been given the go ahead and heralds the first of many such projects in the years to come.