Engineering regulator increases guidance on cybersecurity

Article by Amanda Jasi

ENHANCING its support in data and cybersecurity, the UK’s Engineering Council has updated its security guidance resources with additional material to reflect current and future needs.

The new practice-focused resources will support application of the Council’s Guidance on Security in the workplace.

Additional materials now available emphasise the increasingly central role of data security and cybersecurity, including related information such as BS EN ISO 19650-5:2020. The specification for “security-minded information management” provides a framework to aid organisations in understanding key vulnerability issues and the nature of the controls required to manage the subsequent security risks, to a level that is tolerable to the relevant parties.

The updated resources also include those developed by the UK Cyber Security Council (CSC), the self-regulatory body for the UK’s cybersecurity profession launched in April. Engineering Council is a founder member of UK CSC.

They also include links to more cyber-specific materials from both UK CSC and the National Cyber Security Centre, a single-point of contact for small- to medium-sized enterprises, larger organisations, government agencies, the general public, and departments.

David LLoyd-Roach, IChemE’s Acting Director of Qualifications, said: “IChemE welcomes Engineering Council’s updated guidance on this high-profile topic for its members. The updates to the guide usefully support the important subjects of data security and cybersecurity. We recommend all members and prospective members familiarise themselves with not only this guide but Engineering Council’s other guides.”

The Engineering Council, UK regulator for the engineering profession, offers its Guidance on Security to all those working in or studying engineering. It provides a guide to engineers and technicians on identifying, assessing, managing, and communicating issues about security.

Earlier this year, Engineering Council updated its sustainability guidance for engineering professionals.

Article by Amanda Jasi

Staff reporter, The Chemical Engineer

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