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Webinar on Security of Gamma Irradiation Facilities Used for Radiation Processing

02 September 2020 - 02 September 2020 Online, Public Event

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Workshop on autonomous and remotely operated systems: Benefits and challenges to nuclear security


With heightened concerns regarding the security of radioactive sources, the protection of gamma irradiators is continuously reviewed to ensure that best security practices are identified and implemented. The international Irradiation Association (iia) and the World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS) will jointly organise on Wednesday 02 September 2020 on Security of Gamma Irradiation Facilities used for Radiation Processing. The objective of the webinar is to provide an opportunity to share lessons learned from strengthening irradiator security and will encourage participants to explore the topic further and review security arrangements within their own organisation.

The 90-minute webinar will cover:

  • Risks and the importance and need for security
  • Key physical security features and the importance of security by design
  • Security management principles
  • Cybersecurity matters for gamma irradiation facilities
  • Practical experiences and lessons learned by irradiator operators


  • Operators and suppliers of gamma irradiators
  • Regulators responsible for the security of gamma irradiators
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Security vendors and consultants
  • Individuals that have a broader interest in the security of radioactive sources


The webinar will use various tools and formats to encourage audience engagement. Presentations and expert participation will be invited from operators of gamma irradiators, security experts and regulators.

  1. Welcome and Introduction (iia and WINS)
  2. Discussion on credible threats and consequences of a malicious act involving sources used at gamma irradiation facilities
  3. Presentation and expert inputs on developing effective and sustainable security arrangements
  4. Presentation on Cybersecurity matters relevant to the security of gamma irradiators
  5. Discussion on regulatory matters
  6. Expert panel discussion to further explore the topic
  7. Polling of audience opinion
  8. Q&A session with the audience
  9. Next steps / Introduction of BPG 5.8
  10. Summary / Close

The webinar will be conducted on Wednesday, 02 September 2020, from 15:30 to 17:00 CET (09:30 - 11:00 EST)

Duration: 90 minutes

Language: English

Recording: The webinar recording is available here or directly on Livestorm

Contact Information

   Pierre Legoux

   Martin Comben
   Bettina Lock

Key Information

•   Facilitation Slides


•   Cybersecurity Best Practices for Users of Radioactive Sources



David Jackson

Radiation Safety Manager
STERIS Applied Sterilization Technologies

Mr. Jackson has been working in the health and safety field for more than 25 years and specifically in radiation safety and security for the last 16 years with STERIS plc. He is the Corporate Radiation Safety Officer for STERIS Applied Sterilization Technologies in North America with responsibility over 17 Co60 irradiators and 7 machine-based radiation systems. As the Corporate RSO Mr. Jackson works with multiple private and government entities to maintain and continuously improve the safety and security surrounding radioactive materials and industrial irradiators.
Derek Higgins

Regional Project Manager
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Derek Higgins is a Project Manager in the national security domain, specifically, radiological and nuclear security. He currently serves as a Portfolio Manager for the US DOE Office of Radiological Security (ORS). In support of ORS, Derek maintains engagements with over 100 partner sites which include Fortune 500 companies, public and private universities, and world-renowned healthcare facilities to enhance the security of radioactive materials. Additionally, he has contributed towards the development of innovative security technologies and strategies for the industrial sterilization, mobile radiography, and well-logging industries. Derek holds undergraduate and advanced degrees in economics and business administration. He also maintains two professional certifications; an Earned Value Professional (EVP) certification and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
Brandon Gorton

Cybersecurity Task Lead and Principal Investigator
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Brandon Gorton is a multidisciplinary security practitioner that works across the physical, cyber, information, and operational security domains. He currently serves as the Cybersecurity Task Lead and Principal Investigator for the US DOE Office of Radiological Security (ORS). His contributions have helped to secure a diverse spectrum of high-value assets including radioactive and nuclear materials, critical infrastructure, data and information, and biological agents. In support of ORS, Brandon stewards the implementation of established security technologies, methods, and practices. Examples include the completion of field assessments, adversary pathway analyses, and vulnerability analyses to enhance the security of Fortune 500 companies, public and private universities, and world-renowned healthcare facilities.


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