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Engineering Skills in a Cyber World

The IET Sectors: Transport, Information and Communications and Built Environment are organising this years roundtable discussion event at the Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Europe (CIPRE) event on Wednesday 3rd October at the Crowne Plaza Den Haag Promenade in The Netherlands.

Following such demand and positive feedback from the success of previous discussions, the IET Round Table is now an integral part of the conference programme, ensuring all delegates can participate and benefit.


roundtable discussion

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (The IET) is one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community with over 168,000 members worldwide in 150 countries. We are working to engineer a better world to inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community, supporting technology innovation to meet the needs of society.

Engineering Skills in a Cyber World

People are often the cause of cyber breeches which can be devastating, often resulting in sensitive information being compromised and financial repercussions. We will workshop possible scenarios and establish best responses. This will be integrated with current research findings in the cyber skills area.

The IET believes that engineers and technicians for Future Cities will help to inspire both new and returning engineers, and will require engineering in unique sets of ‘combined’ skills for cyber secure system integration. The energy sector is attractive target for cyber and physical attack. It is vulnerable to natural disasters too.

A sustained loss of power or heat could have disastrous, far-reaching and potentially unexpected consequences for the population. As a result, having a full understanding of the resilience of the energy network and the various dependencies is a vital part of any nation’s cyber security strategy.

The day will begin with presentations
• the need for collaboration across digital and physical industries, how to fill the gap and the value for engineers to be cyber security skilled and qualified
Dr Maria Shiao
• the risk of targeted cyber-attacks on the energy infrastructure, which could lead to a sustained loss of power or heat that could have far-reaching disastrous consequences for
Professor Roger Kemp

Followed by a Q&A session

The IET will then lead an Engineering Skills in a Cyber World Workshop will help focus on:
• The workshop will also include a ‘role play’ response to Cyber, skills and attacks on Power Grids
• The skills requirements of different engineering and technology sectors around cyber security.
• Understand perspectives from leading stakeholders from across Europe and the world.
• Consider if and how do best practice and standards in cyber security differ across sectors?
• Does cross-model learning in this area have the potential to benefit all sectors of engineering?

Out puts from the day will contribute to an in depth survey in to the skills challenge, gain a glimpse of and contribute to, some leading research by the UK’s largest professional engineering institution, be able to take a more informed view of the skills challenge. Delegates will be provided with a free copies on the report when published in spring 2019.

Time table will be
09:00 to 10:00 Introductions, presentations and Q&A session
10:00 to 12:30 Engineering Skills in a Cyber World Workshop. This will simulate cyber and attacks on power grids

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