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Cyber security team delighted by award nomination

Our Civil Nuclear Security and Safeguards team has been shortlisted for excellence in cyber security at the inaugural ‘OSPA’ awards.

ONR was selected as one of just four finalists in the Outstanding Cyber Security Partnership category for our work to benchmark information and cyber security arrangements across the sector’s supply chain.

The nomination at the first ever global Cyber Outstanding Security Performance Awards also recognised the role of commercial partners Leonardo and Ascentor who worked collaboratively with ONR as part of the project which has helped to regulate around 350 dutyholders in the industry.

Ensuring effective cyber security is a key component of our work, ensuring dutyholders adequately protect computer systems and operational technology from information disclosure, theft or sabotage.

Award nominations came in from many countries across the world including Australia, Belgium, Egypt, Germany, India, Ireland, Malaysia, Romania, USA, United Arab Emirates and the UK.

Paul Shanes

Paul Shanes, ONR’s Professional Lead for Cyber Security, said: "What we're doing and the way we're working is novel and ground-breaking.

"We are pleased to have been nominated at these inaugural awards, the first time they've been held.

"It shows how we are committed to holding the industry to account and ensuring robust arrangements are in place to safeguard sensitive information and assets.

"But we also do it in a way that's proportionate and cost effective because there’s a lot of small and medium sized enterprises across the supply chain.

"A one size fits all approach is not always right.

"This is really good recognition for the team and they’ve worked hard to make sure we are effectively delivering our regulatory purposes."

The cyber security nominations were revealed last week at an international cyber expo in London.

The finalists will go forward to the next phase of the competition and winners will be revealed at a free to attend virtual awards show, streamed live on 14 December, 2021.

Professor Martin Gill, founder of the ‘OSPA’ awards said: "The judges had a difficult job in scoring the many entries as the competition was very high, and I am very grateful to every one of them who gave up their time.

"And those that have been selected as finalists should feel very proud."