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Security guidance for engineers launched

Security guidance for engineers launched

New security guidance for engineers and technicians has been launched by the Engineering Council.

The document which was produced with the support of the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI). It provides guidance for engineers and technicians on their role in dealing with security issues, and their associated responsibilities to keep society safe, explained the Engineering Council.

The guidance has been developed in consultation with 35 professional engineering institutions and sets out six key principles to guide engineers and technicians in identifying, assessing, managing and communicating security issues.

“A year ago the Engineering Council was approached by CPNI with a proposal to produce a document on security for engineers and technicians,” said Engineering Council chairman Nigel Guild. “The resulting, highly pertinent new guidance demonstrates the commitment of the engineering profession to protect the society it serves. We now ask them to help us raise awareness and understanding of security in the context of engineering by sharing it with their members.”

The guidance defines security as “the state of relative freedom from threat or harm caused by deliberate, unwanted, hostile or malicious acts”. The Engineering Council said that the principles emphasised the importance of taking a security-minded approach to professional and personal life, being aware of and taking responsibility for all security related issues.

Six key points

1. Adopt a security-minded approach to your professional and personal life

2. Apply responsible judgement and take a leadership role

3. Comply with legislation and codes, understand their intent and be prepared to seek further improvements

4. Ensure good security-minded communications

5. Understand, comply with and seek to improve lasting systems for security governance

6. Contribute to public and professional awareness of security.

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