AIKEN, S.C. (October 31, 2023) — For the second consecutive year, the Savannah River Site’s (SRS) liquid waste contractor has been named a champion of cybersecurity awareness for ensuring its people and programs stay safe online.
As champions of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, presented by the National Cybersecurity Alliance, Savannah River Mission Completion’s cybersecurity and information technology team is committed to cybersecurity protection and best practices.
As a 2023 National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA) Cybersecurity Awareness Month Champion, Savannah River Mission Completion (SRMC) is committed to cybersecurity protection and best practices. SRMC has been the liquid waste contractor at SRS since February 2022.
Cybersecurity is a critical component of DOE missions, according to Lewann Belton, DOE-Savannah River Cyber and Information Technology Division manager.
“Robust operation and protection of our information systems is essential to DOE-EM’s mission, and I appreciate the support that the site’s contractors provide for our cybersecurity programs,” Belton said. “Savannah River Mission Completion earning the champion status for national Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a great example of commitment to good cyber health.”
Held every October, Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a collaboration between the government and private industry to empower everyone to protect their personal data from digital forms of crime. This year marks the 20th year of the annual recognition. Presented by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the NCA, the program’s theme is Secure Our World. Cybersecurity Awareness Month champions are companies that are dedicated to promoting a safer, more secure and more trusted Internet, as designated by the NCA.
As SRMC’s chief information officer, Mirwaise Aurah oversees all process applications and business, cyber and information technology (IT) systems. He is leading the strategic effort to provide enhanced and more focused IT services within SRMC.
“Cybersecurity may seem like a complex subject, but it’s really all about people,” Aurah said. “Demonstrating good practices while operating online, while at work or home, is a strategy that everyone can and should follow. SRMC is committed to safeguarding our information systems to ensure the efficiency and integrity of our mission.”
Best cybersecurity practices promoted by the NCA and demonstrated by SRMC include using strong passwords and multifactor authentication, recognizing and reporting phishing and updating software.
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.