Tuesday, March 14, 2017

National Society of Professional Engineers - Preventing Cyberattacks

Miami-area resident William Pino most recently served as president of Main Street Engineering and Municipal Lighting Systems. In addition to his work with these Miami-based firms, William Pino is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers. 

The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) is a nontechnical organization dedicated to ethical conduct in the field of engineering, and is open to licensed engineers from all fields. These professionals fight against unethical practices, build goodwill with the public, and advocate for fair treatment and compensation. 

According to the NSPE, cyberthreats represent one of the most pressing concerns regarding America's infrastructure. Critical systems have been experiencing attacks at an accelerating rate in recent years, with attacks on water systems becoming especially disconcerting. The Department of Homeland Security reports that water-sector cyber incidents increased by 79 percent from 2014 to 2015. 

The NSPE and government entities suggest that collaboration between engineers and information technology professionals may be key to designing systems that can withstand these types of attacks. To keep critical systems safe, engineers must not only create systems that work, but systems that work securely.