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Engineering regulator enhances industry-wide security guidance

Published: 23/09/2021

Security is a central consideration in all engineering practice. As the profession’s regulator, the Engineering Council has refreshed its security guidance resources, to reflect both current and future needs.

To enhance the existing Guidance on Security, which is available to all those working in (or studying) engineering, further resources have now been added to support application of this Guidance. Those additional materials emphasise the increasingly central role of data security and cyber security, including related information such as BS EN ISO 19650-5:2020, a specification for a ‘security-minded approach to information management’.

The updated resources also include those developed by the UK Cyber Security Council (CSC), launched in April of this year. The Engineering Council is a founder member of the UK CSC and the refreshed resources for our Guidance on Security now include links to more cyber-specific materials, from both the UK CSC and the National Cyber Security Centre. 

The Engineering Council’s Guidance on Security has been developed to support engineers and technicians at any career level, as well as others working in engineering, in identifying, assessing, managing and communicating issues about security. It is freely available on the Engineering Council website, with a downloadable leaflet and wallet card to keep this information readily to hand.

The Guidance on Security sets out six key principles to guide engineers and technicians in identifying, assessing, managing and communicating issues about security:

  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

All of the Standards and Guidance produced by the Engineering Council are developed with the support and input of expert stakeholders, including professional engineering institutions and Professional Affiliates, to ensure they remain relevant and useful. The new practice-focused resources have been added as useful additions to support application of the Guidance in the workplace.  

View the Guidance on Security page and see all Engineering Council Guidance on our website.

For press enquiries:

Kate Webster, Engineering Council –, 020 3206 0567

Notes for editors:

The Engineering Council holds the national Register of Engineering Technicians (EngTech), Incorporated Engineers (IEng), Chartered Engineers (CEng) and Information and Communication Technology Technicians (ICTTech). It also sets and maintains the internationally recognised standards of competence and ethics that govern the award and retention of these titles. By this means it is able to ensure that employers, government and wider society, both at home and overseas, can have confidence in the skills and commitment of registrants. For more information visit: