For many professionals, the core “nuts and bolts” of risk assessment methodology have been well established for some time. However the rapidly expanding influence of “digital systems” across all major industrial sectors creates difficulties with the blending of risk assessment methodologies across well-understood hazards and those that cannot easily be described, quantified and predicted. Whilst many cybersecurity standards and codes of practice have been generated and are referenced by clients and regulators alike, practical implementation on real world projects to achieve “digital safety” continues to identify implementation difficulties. Causes for these challenges may include the differences in technical disciplines (IT, Information Security and Safety), developing standards framework and the sheer complexity of some integrated systems.

This event brings together cyber security experts who are also responsible for implementing safety and puts them together in a free ranging and interactive panel discussion. By sharing their experiences of the most difficult and challenging parts of their technical day job, highlighting the elements where technical specialists disagree, where regulators are still feeling their way, and where standards writers are struggling, this session will highlight the “gold in the grit” i.e. the useful learnings that can be passed on to others, strengthening the sector overall. Have your questions ready!

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The expert panel will consist of:

Hayden Tomlins. Hayden is a Lead Systems Engineer within the Cyber Division at Leonardo. His team specialises in secure application design, build and management as part of an overall cyber capability for defence, government and CNI customers. Hayden has a background in IT spanning nearly 20 years, primarily within highly secure and regulated environments. He holds degrees in Computer Technology and Computer Science and is a member of the IET and BCS.

Dr Fan Ye GICSP, CFSE, CEng. Fan is a Principal Consultant at the Engineering Safety Consultants (ESC) Limited. He holds a MSc in Software Engineering and a PhD in Computer Science. Fan has 15 years of experience on functional safety and IACS cybersecurity. Fan is a committee member of IEC TC65 WG10 / ISA99 (the committees are responsible for the development of IEC 62443 – Security for industrial automation and control systems). Fan has led numerous functional safety and security studies. He also develops and delivers training courses on functional safety and IACS cybersecurity.

Betty Helienek, BSc. Ing, CEng. MIET, ISA-SMIIoT. Betty has 25 years of experience working in the Railway and Cyber security industry and specialised in combining the two to help solve the challenges safety critical systems face when confronted with cyber attacks. Her roles have led her to be a certified cyber security for Industrial Automation and Control systems expert and developer products and professional services in this area. In 2013, Betty introduced cyber security at the Research Platform of the European Commission. She is also an Advisory Group member of the UK Cyber Security Council Formation Project and is co-founder of C4SAM, a European Cyber Security start-up. She recently joined the International Society of Automation’s Smart Manufacturing and IIoT Cyber Security technical committee to look for solutions, best practices and the use of IEC 62443 or a new standard for IIoT.

Dr Emma Taylor CEng FIMechE FSaRS. Emma is an award winning Chartered Engineer with 30 years safety and risk experience across space, energy and transport. She has carried out research on spacecraft resilience under impact, led the team that prepared the regulatory safety studies for a multi-billion UK offshore development and worked on a wide and varied range standards in the transport sector. Formerly a Trustee and Past Chair for Safety and Reliability Society, a Professional Engineering Institution, as a member of SaRS Council, she leads the team that awards CEng and IEng under licence from the regulator Engineering Council.  She is currently working with the rail industry on strengthening digital safety across different asset types, using TS50701, ISO27005 and other standards.


Thursday, 17th December 2020 at 5:00pm


Thursday, 17th December 2020 at 6:30pm


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