The United States and Britain on Friday revealed a plan to launch fake cyberattacks against their nuclear power plants next year in an effort to bolster what experts worry are insufficient digital defenses.
The announcement came as part of the Nuclear Security Summit taking place in Washington, D.C., this week. The exercise is a subset of a series of broad commitments many countries made during the two-day summit to bolster cybersecurity at nuclear sites around the world.
“As part of our work today, we agreed to keep strengthening our nuclear facilities’ defenses against cyberattacks,” Obama said during a press conference Friday evening.
The joint U.S.-United Kingdom exercise will show the two sides “how Britain and America can work together in the event of such a security threat,” the British government said in a release.