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Savannah River Mission Completion Named Cybersecurity Awareness Month Champion

AIKEN, S.C. (October 27, 2022) — The liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site (SRS) has been named a champion of cybersecurity awareness for ensuring its people and programs stay safe online.

Savannah River Mission Completion (SRMC) Cybersecurity Analyst Christopher Walker, center, collaborates with SRMC cyber team members Jim Anderson, left, and Sean Nixon during an annual security assessment audit.


As a 2022 National Cybersecurity Alliance Cybersecurity Awareness Month Champion, Savannah River Mission Completion (SRMC) is committed to cybersecurity protection and best practices.


Cybersecurity is a critical component of Department of Energy (DOE) missions, according to Lewann Belton, DOE-Savannah River Cyber and Information Technology Division manager.


“Defending cybersecurity systems is essential to Environmental Management’s mission, and I appreciate the support that the site’s contractors provide for our cyber programs,” Belton said. “Savannah River Mission Completion earning the champion status of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month shows SRMC is committed to safeguarding DOE information systems.”


Cybersecurity Awareness Month, recognized every October, is designed to engage and educate organizations through events and initiatives to increase the resiliency of the nation against potential cyber incidents. The champions represent those dedicated to promoting a safer, more secure and more trusted internet.


This year, the Cybersecurity Awareness Month focus areas are four fundamental cybersecurity best practices: enabling multi-factor authentication, using strong passwords and a password manager, updating software, and recognizing and reporting phishing.


SRMC Cybersecurity Analyst Christopher Walker said the SRMC cyber team works closely with information technology and cyber professionals across SRS, defending business systems, as well as industrial control systems from all angles.


“The breadth of our scope is large,” Walker said. “It is crucial for us to pay attention to all aspects of cyber safety, from ensuring users’ government-issued mobile devices stay updated to safeguarding electronic control systems within our liquid waste facilities.”


The non-profit National Cybersecurity Alliance works to create a more secure, interconnected world. The group advocates for the safe use of all technology and educates users on how best to protect themselves, families and organizations from cybercrime.


SRMC comprises parent company BWX Technologies, Inc. with partners Amentum and Fluor. Its team brings the capabilities necessary to accelerate cleanup at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site through safe nuclear operations, optimized and integrated mission execution, and strong corporate governance.