What is NRC 5.71?
Regulatory Guide 5.71 (RG 5.71) is a publication from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that provides guidance for licensees and applicants for licenses for the physical protection of nuclear power plants against radiological sabotage. The guide provides recommendations for the design, implementation, and testing of physical protection systems and procedures to ensure that nuclear power plants are protected against theft or sabotage of special nuclear material and equipment.
How BNS helps comply with the standard?
BNS (BitNetSentry) helps with compliance with RG 5.71 by providing a secure and reliable solution for protecting industrial control systems and the networks that are used to control and monitor nuclear power plants. By providing device authentication, data protection, secure communications, and reporting and auditing capabilities, BNS helps organizations to secure their networks and control systems, and demonstrate compliance with the physical protection requirements outlined in RG 5.71.
However, it’s important to note that compliance with RG 5.71 requires a comprehensive and multi-layered approach to physical protection that includes not only technology solutions but also policies, procedures, and staff training. Implementing BNS as part of an overall physical protection strategy helps organizations to comply with RG 5.71, but it’s only one piece of the puzzle. Organizations must also implement other physical protection measures and best practices to ensure that they fully comply with RG 5.71 and protect their nuclear power plants against radiological sabotage.