With ever more sophisticated cyber attacks, and a growing awareness amongst the general public of cyber crime, cybersecurity is an area of increasing concern across industry.

Many of those working in safety and reliability are aware that they don’t know everything they need to do in order to adequately manage cybersecurity risks, but the size of that knowledge gap isn’t well calibrated. This sense of unease is reflected in corporate risk registers, where cybersecurity is often given a high priority despite the scale of the problem, the vulnerabilities of the systems under consideration, and the available countermeasures not always being fully understood. But is cybersecurity really as unknowable and intractable a problem as some might suggest, or are there ways to narrow the gap using established research, practices, skills, disciplines and ways of thinking?

Using a combination of technical perspectives and human factors fundamentals, this interdisciplinary session will take a systems thinking approach to help shine a light on the increasingly complex topic of cybersecurity. We don’t promise to give a complete answer to managing the threat, but we will aim to provide our attendees with food for thought and – hopefully – some tailored insights and actions that can inform our methods to improve the safety and reliability of our systems, networks and technologies.


Nigel Stanley, Chief Technology Officer – Global OT and Industrial Cybersecurity at TÜV Rheinland will introduce the ‘state of industrial cybersecurity’, addressing the growing risk that industrial and operational technology systems face from cybersecurity threats and how systems can no longer be deemed safe if they are not secured.

Richard Bye, a Human Factors expert from Network Rail, will then explore the pivotal role of human behaviour within critical interconnected systems, and in doing so will address why human factors and ergonomics theories, methods and expertise are fundamental components of cybersecurity.

Scott Meadows, Technical Director at WSP will present on ‘bugs in the human hardware: social engineering and cyber-security’, exploring the psychological manipulation of people and its use in cyber attacks.


The meeting will begin at 1730, for a 1800 start and will finish by 1930. We will then continue networking, at RSSB and then, following the usual SaRS tradition, at a local pub. This meeting will also be available by live webinar.

Meetings and webinars are open to all, you do not need to be a member of SaRS to attend.

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Limited Spaces, Booking Essential, please don’t book for both.

This event is kindly hosted by RSSB.


Tuesday, 29th October 2019 at 5:30pm


Tuesday, 29th October 2019 at 8:00pm


RSSB, The Helicon, 1 South Place, London, EC2M 2RB