Vermont Yankee begins remediation planning of contaminated area

first_imgVermont Yankee reports that engineers and technicians continue their investigation into the source of tritium in the plant’s groundwater and have commenced soil and groundwater remediation planning. Tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen associated with nuclear fission, was first identified in a test well at the nuclear power plant in Vernon in January.According to a Vermont Yankee statement, sample results from all the monitoring wells remain consistent with inspectors’ expectations and increased understanding of the movement of groundwater in the Advanced Off Gas courtyard. The information being provided is helping hydrologists to characterize the tritium concentration in that area and is assisting engineers in developing plans for remediation work. Upcoming near term activities include taking additional soil samples in the area near the previously identified leakage pathway and the use of guided wave technology to confirm the integrity of other hard to reach piping systems.According to a Vermont Yankee statement, the temporary piping modification involving the rerouting of the two drainlines to eliminate the leak pathway from the AOG drainlines into the tunnel is in progress. The rerouting of the Bravo ‘B’ drainline will be completed today, allowing the switchover from the ‘A” train to the ‘B’ AOG recombiner train. ROV camera inspections of the tunnel will be conducted at that time, followed by the rerouting of the ‘A” drainline. The rerouting work is scheduled to be completed later in the week. This leak in the AOG tunnel is being collected in a sump for processing through plant systems as designed. It is not reaching the environment.While this investigation continues, it is important to note that there has been no detectable tritium levels found in any samples taken from drinking water wells or the adjacent Connecticut River. The Vermont Department of Health and Nuclear Regulatory Commission personnel are monitoring the investigation.Source: Entergy Vermont Yankee. 3.16.2010last_img read more

5 steps toward increasing your firewall security

first_imgOctober is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, which means it’s a fitting time for financial institutions to examine their cybersecurity efforts and protocols, and make any necessary adjustments. However, with such high-profile cybercrimes as WannaCry, Petya and the Equifax breach dominating headlines this year, financial institutions hardly need a reminder of the threats that cyberattacks pose. The frightening diversity and sophistication of these immense attacks, as well as the unfortunate promise of future strikes, have left pressing questions on how best to quell them—many of which remain largely unanswered. But where do financial institutions even begin? The nature of cybercrime is complex, and the relentlessness of ransomware, the diligence of DDoS and the frequency of fraud are enough to leave even the most seasoned cybersecurity professionals cross-eyed. Although these cyber adversaries are indeed daunting, there’s no need to be overwhelmed. The best place to start is with a fundamental element of any institution’s cybersecurity efforts—a strong firewall.What is a Firewall?A firewall is one of the most basic, yet essential, cybersecurity tools available to financial institutions. Firewalls act as a gatekeeper for your network, protecting it from the outside global network by inspecting all inbound or outbound traffic and determining if it meets the criteria to pass through. Without a firewall, any hacker could easily breach your network and cause havoc. Likewise, a misconfigured or out-of-date firewall provides little protection.Regulations Surrounding FirewallsIn 2011, the FFIEC issued its Cybersecurity Assessment Tool, or CAT, which details financial institutions’ regulatory requirements for maintaining firewalls. In understanding the tremendous risk that follows poor firewall architecture, the FFIEC also mandated that financial institutions be subject to quarterly audits of their firewall security protocols. These regulatory requirements, coupled with the threat of looming cybercrime, have forced the hands of many credit unions across the country. Now, more than ever, financial institutions must look at their firewall security efforts and ensure they are not only compliant, but also risk averse. 5 Steps to Strong Firewall Security Firewall security starts with these five steps, which ensure your institution’s firewall remains strong and secure: Get in the Head of a Cybercriminal. Ask yourself the question: is our firewall hackable? Answer that question by actively attempting to bypass your firewall, or incorporate the services of a firewall security vendor to weed out any vulnerabilities. Once you’ve identified these vulnerabilities, or “holes,” patch them to ensure cybercriminals don’t have access. Verify Rule Efficiency. Firewalls operate on a set of rules that allow certain traffic in and out of your network. Be sure to update this ruleset regularly, accounting for new threats, and that all current rules are still efficient and relevant. Often, breaches result from old configuration that’s no longer applicable or relevant at the time of the breach.Monitor Security Proactively. Deploying a firewall and ensuring it remains current with regular vulnerability checkups and firewall reviews is important. Take it a step further by proactively monitoring firewall events. This gives you a fighting chance toward knowing when attacks are happening and if a breach occurred, so that proper steps can be taken.Examine Password Credentials. Passwords are an essential element for keeping your institution’s data secure. Ensure that all employees with rights to sensitive data have complex passwords that have the appropriate length and strength. Keep Your Firewall Updated. Remember, the FFIEC requires quarterly audits to review your institution’s firewall security. However, just sticking to the bare minimum of these requirements exponentially increases both your risk and vulnerability—putting your institution at the mercy of cybercriminals eager to steal passwords, customer data and even funds. It is imperative that you keep your institution’s firewall security top of mind. Ensure that your institution has adequate firewall security and meets regulatory guidelines with a firewall review and audit. Doing so allows you to discover and address any vulnerabilities ahead of regulators—and more importantly—cybercriminals. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Shawn Eftink Shawn Eftink is a product manager for CSI’s Managed Services Division. He has more than 20 years of industry experience and holds professional certifications including ITIL, CSM, CCDA and CCNA.  Web: www.csiweb.com Detailslast_img read more

Arsenal eyeing transfer move for Feyenoord star Orkun Kokcu

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 10 Oct 2019 3:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link733Shares Comment Advertisement Kokcu has scored twice for Feyenoord this season (Picture: Getty)The report claims that Feyenoord would consider selling the Dutch-born Turkey Under-21 international for a fee of around £20million.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal are scouring the market for potential midfield reinforcements, with Mesut Ozil reportedly set for the exit door at the Emirates.Unai Emery has been left unimpressed with Ozil’s performances in training and is ready to cut his losses with the German, Arsenal’s top earner on wages of £350,000-a-week. Feyenoord midfielder Orkun Kokcu is firmly on Arsenal’s radar (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are reportedly keeping close tabs on Feyenoord midfielder Orkun Kokcu.Kokcu, 18, broke into Feyenoord’s first-team last December and has established himself in the side since Jaap Stam took over the reins from Giovanni van Bronckhorst as manager.The teenager notched up three goals and four assists for Feyenoord last season and has twice netted for the Dutch outfit this term, against Hapoel Beer Sheva in the Europa League and versus FC Emmen in the Eredivisie.According to The Daily Mail, Arsenal are closely monitoring Kokcu along with a host of top clubs from across Europe.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Emery: Victory over Bournemouth ‘one more step’ towards consistencyTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 11:48FullscreenEmery: Victory over Bournemouth ‘one more step’ towards consistencyhttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-victory-bournemouth-one-step-consistency-2021034/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Ozil has only made two appearances for the Gunners this season and Emery attempted to explain the situation following the side’s win over Standard Liege.‘When I decided he shouldn’t be in the squad it’s because I think other players deserved it more,’ he said.‘He needs to continue working. Tomorrow we have training with the players who didn’t play, and on Sunday we have another match – and we are going to decide the same.‘Our target is to win on Sunday against Bournemouth and we want to carry on our same way in each match.’MORE: Borussia Dortmund made surprise move to re-sign Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp last summer Advertisement Arsenal eyeing transfer move for Feyenoord star Orkun Kokculast_img read more