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Cyber skills research

The research aims to assess the level of cyber skills that engineering and technical staff need to draw on in their daily work.

Cyber skills research BMG Research is conducting a telephone survey on behalf of the IET with UK employers of engineering and technical staff. The research aims to assess the level of cyber skills that engineering and technical staff need to draw on in their daily work - either directly or in collaboration with their supply chains.

The timing of the survey is apt, given the rapid technological advances that are impacting engineering processes and products through developments such as the Internet of Things and robotics. These developments will bring many opportunities and open up new markets for both small and large organisations.

However, they also demand growing competencies around cyber-related issues amongst engineers and technicians. These advances are changing work environments, altering roles and affecting the security and safety of the devices operated and developed.

Thank you in advance to everyone who is contacted by BMG about the survey and agrees to take part in it. We hope that the survey will provide valuable insights into the current state of cyber skills across engineering and technology, and highlight steps that need to be taken to maintain the UK’s leading position in this field. The IET’s charitable mission is to work to engineer a better world, and, using the findings, we aim to launch activities that can directly support industry, academia and policymakers in the cyber skills - engineering area.

For further information please email sep@theiet.org.