Press release

IET 50th Appleton Lecture outlines why cyber security is now a priority for us all

19 January 2015

This week, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) will be hosting its 50th Appleton Lecture at the Royal Institution in London. The lecture will highlight the risks faced by UK citizens and businesses from cyber-crime and outline the role that engineers can play in safeguarding important digital information.

The lecture, which starts at 6pm on Thursday 22 January, will be given by James Quinault CBE, the Director of the Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance (OCSIA) at the Cabinet Office and is entitled ‘Cyber security: why we should be worried and what we can do about it’.

The lecture will explore why the UK Government rates the risks from cyber attack as a top-tier threat to the security of the United Kingdom and will set out what Government and its partners are doing to respond.

The lecture will explore the collaboration that is needed between government, business and academic stakeholders in order to identify, contain and mitigate cyber attacks. James will discuss how, by working collaboratively, organisations and individuals can tackle the risks arising from the exploitation of cyberspace without compromising its enormous economic and social benefits. This section will have a particular focus on how engineering and the professionals working within the sector can lead and direct this agenda. 

Commenting on his lecture, James Quinault said: “Digital technology has transformed our lives enormously for the better. But as our reliance on digital infrastructure grows so does our vulnerability to cyber attack. Over the last six months alone we have seen a number of high profile organisations like Sony and Apple suffering operational and reputational damage at the hands of hackers.

“In the IET’s 50th Appleton Lecture I will aim to explain why cyber security must be a central priority both for organisations and for individuals, and set out what the Government is doing in the UK to support this. Knowing the right cyber security steps to take is crucial if people and businesses want peace of mind that their sensitive information and daily online transactions are safe from cyber criminals.”   

The 50th Appleton Lecture is free for delegates and forms part of the IET’s Prestige Lecture series which showcase the latest ideas and technologies from a wide range of experts from a variety of disciplines.

For more information about the 50th IET Appleton Lecture please visit:  www.theiet.org/appleton

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Notes to editors:

  • Interview opportunities are available with IET spokespeople from a broad range of engineering and technology disciplines including cyber-security, energy, engineering skills, innovation, manufacturing, technology, transport and women in engineering.
  • The IET is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with nearly 160,000 members in 127 countries. It is also the most multidisciplinary – to reflect the increasingly diverse nature of engineering in the 21st century. Energy, transport, manufacturing, information and communications, and the built environment: the IET covers them all.
  • The IET is working to engineer a better world by inspiring, informing and influencing our members, engineers and technicians, and all those who are touched by, or touch, the work of engineers.
  • We want to build the profile of engineering and change outdated perceptions about engineering in order to tackle the skills gap. This includes encouraging more women to become engineers and growing the number of engineering apprentices.