I attended the launch of the Engineering Council’s new Guidance on security for engineers and technicians, hosted by the Rt Hon John Hayes MP, Minister for Security, at the House of Commons of the on Thursday, 19 May. The event was attended by over 100 people from across the engineering profession, including speakers Terry Morgan CBE CEng FREng, Chairman of Crossrail, and the Head of the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI). The Engineering Council, as the regulatory body for the engineering profession, has led the way in developing this important material, with the support of CPNI and the professional engineering institutions. It provides guidance for engineers and technicians on their role in dealing with security, and their associated responsibilities to keep society safe.
The guidance was developed in consultation with 35 professional engineering institutions. It sets out six key principles to guide engineers and technicians in identifying, assessing, managing and communicating issues about security. The guidance defines security as ‘the state of relative freedom from threat or harm caused by deliberate, unwanted, hostile or malicious acts’. The principles emphasise the importance of taking a security-minded approach to both professional and personal life, being aware of and taking responsibility for all security related issues.
This is an important development in the work of everyone involved in engineering and related disciplines. The Safety and Reliability Society is committed to disseminating knowledge and providing a forum for discussion, and in order to reflect the importance of this security guidance in high hazard safety and reliability, a full interactive session was devoted to discussion and understanding this new development at the Big Projects, Big Problems? Technical Seminar on the 16th June 2016.
Dr Jacqueline Christodoulou MBE – CEO SaRS