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Security and Control Measures

Applies to countries with weapons-usable nuclear materials

Assesses how robust a state’s rules and regulations are governing the physical protection and security of their materials.

Scoring

Weighted total of the following five indicators:

2.1) On-site Physical Protection

2.2) Control and Accounting Procedures

2.3) Insider Threat Prevention

2.4) Physical Security During Transport

2.5) Response Capabilities

Description

The Security and Control Measures category encompasses the core activities directly related to protection and accounting of nuclear materials. It includes indicators of physical protection, control and accounting, insider threat prevention, security during transport, and response capabilities.

Indicators

Scoring

Scored 0-5 where 5=most favorable nuclear materials security conditions. The On-site Physical Protection indicator score is the combination of the subindicator scores within this indicator (see Scoring Notes).

Description

Essential measures for securing sites and facilities.

Scoring

Scored 0-7 where 7=most favorable nuclear materials security conditions. The Control and Accounting Procedures indicator score is the combination of the subindicator scores within this indicator (see Scoring Notes).

Description

Materials control and accounting is a necessary element of a comprehensive security system.

Scoring

Scored 0-9 where 9=most favorable nuclear materials security conditions. The Insider Threat Prevention indicator score is the combination of the subindicator scores within this indicator (see Scoring Notes).

Description

The qualifications of personnel, the strength of the security culture, and the use of certain surveillance measures are critical to how well security procedures are followed and decrease vulnerability to insider threats.

Scoring

Scored 0-2 where 2=most favorable nuclear materials security conditions. The Physical Security During Transport indicator score is the same as the subindicator score (see Scoring Notes).

Description

Materials in transit are particularly vulnerable to theft.

Scoring

Scored 0-7 where 7=most favorable nuclear materials security conditions. The Response Capabilities indicator score is the combination of the subindicator scores within this indicator (see Scoring Notes).

Description

Response capabilities are part of a layered security system and may enable materials to be recovered should they be stolen from a site.