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Transforming Controls Safety and Security – How Safe is your Asset?

Digital transformation, functional safety and cyber security are often discussed in isolation in the process control industry. However, data, analytics and remote access, are now used to improve safety, reduce cost and increase efficiency of assets, this merges these areas and they should collectively be discussed as segments of the digital solution.

This digital transformation of our industry offers opportunity and many benefits, but being more interconnected also increases the risk of a cyber threat/attack.

Do you have the knowledge and expertise to reduce the risks and maximise the opportunities? Join us to share knowledge and best practice.

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UK Cyber Security Formation Project – Volunteer Roles Available

13th November, 2019

In September 2019, The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) commissioned the establishment of the UK Cyber Security Council through a consortium of cyber security professional bodies. The objectives of the Cyber Security Council are around the themes of professional development, professional ethics, thought leadership, influence and outreach.

Engagement Opportunities

The UK CSC formation project is committed to demonstrating full and broad representation from across the cyber security community together with the right blend and level of expertise to ensure it is credible, sustainable and can drive excellence in the profession.

Details of project roles available are as follows:

  • Project Board Co-Chair
  • Advisory Group
  • Council Formation and Operations
  • Communications
  • Developing the Profession
  • Qualifications
  • Code of Ethics
  • Thought Leadership
  • Royal Chartered Status

Roles are to be applied for by organisations with a suitably experienced and senior representative individual identified. 

All positions are volunteer based and are not remunerated but the post-holder is able to claim reasonable out-of-pocket expenses. There is no specified location for carrying out the role – commitments can be delivered remotely with expectation of travel to occasional meetings face to face – anticipated to be London but other locations in the UK also possible.

If you are interested in supporting the UK CSC Formation Project and feel you have experience in a number of these areas (even if it’s not quite all of them) please send a ‘Letter of Application’ signed by C (or Director) Level for consideration to

Visit the Institution of Engineering & Technology website for full details of roles and how to apply.



IET and The Collaborative Alliance to Develop New Cybersecurity Council and Professional Recognition Within the UK’s National Cybersecurity Strategy

15th August 2019

The Collaborative Alliance for Cybersecurity today confirmed its participation in the design and delivery of the new UK Cyber Security Council on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS). The Alliance, with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) nominated as lead organisation, was selected following a competitive grant competition by DCMS.

The Alliance is a consortium of cyber security organisations that represent a substantial part of the cyber security community in the UK. Its members include:

(ISC)², BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIIS), CIPD, CompTIA, Council of Professors and Heads of Computing (CPHC), CREST, Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSFS), Engineering Council, Information Assurance Advisory Council (IAAC), The Institution of Analysts and Programmers (IAP), The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Institute of Measurement and Control (InstMC), ISACA, Royal Academy of Engineering, Security Institute, techUK, The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT).

The Council will work in partnership with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), be developed with broad representation and be tasked to support the Government’s National Cyber Security Skills Strategy by providing recognition across the practicing community, while enhancing standards and thought leadership for the future. The aim is to have first programmes operational in 2021, with the development phase of the work serving to align relevant investments that are currently being made by Alliance members, a consortium of 16 cyber security organisations that represent a substantial part of the cyber security community in the UK.

“We welcome the announcement from DCMS to recognise IET as the lead organisation to build the UK Cyber Security Council. The Alliance is committed to delivering the Council for the betterment of the wider industry. This announcement represents a concrete step in advancing the UK's current leadership position for technology innovation and resilience on the global stage. We are already building on strong foundations that come from the extensive experience available from the stakeholder communities we represent and will continue to catalyse initiative across not just the practicing community, but also business and society as a whole,” said Ian Glover, president of Alliance member CREST.

About The Collaborative Alliance for Cybersecurity
The Collaborative Alliance for Cybersecurity brings stakeholders together in the interest of advancing a healthy cybersecurity workforce for the UK, from the development of professional recognition to the collaboration around acknowledged priorities to move this workforce forward. The Alliance was formally established in July 2018 by independent, non-profit organisations, several of whom operate under a Royal Charter granted through the Privy Council, and some of whom are able to grant chartered status within their discipline. The Alliance harnesses a broad perspective on professional priorities drawn from its members involvement in academia, advocacy, certification, and professional development.

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On Wednesday the 15th May, Central North-West Local Section held one of its monthly technical lectures.

The lecture was at the Yokogawa offices and workshop in Runcorn.

The lecturer was Chris Parr of Sella Controls of Stockport.

The subject was Application Programming in Functional Safety Assessments.

Eighteen local engineers attended and the evening was a great success.

A follow-up themed lecture on “Planning for the Operation and Maintenance Phases of Functional & Machinery Safety” will be held on 12th June at the same location at 18:30. Click here to view event details.