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HSE update on cybersecurity challenges under COMAH and NIS

17 October 2019

HSE will give an update on the work they have been doing in cyber security, under COMAH and NIS, issues and challenges that they are working on, plans looking ahead and emerging risks to health and safety in applications using AI, telecommunications, and some of the research in areas such as interconnected devices and IoT.

Industry 4.0, the name given to the emergence in use of a suite of technologies, is transforming how operational decisions are arrived at in industrial workplaces. The technologies in question, including smart sensors, wearable devices, mobile devices, robotics, artificial intelligence, advanced algorithms and data analytics, the industrial internet of things and cloud computing, are enabling detailed digital snapshots of operations to be generated and subsequently used to support and even completely automate operational decision-making.

The third industrial revolution was characterised by the widespread emergence of computer-controlled systems and automation within workplaces. Industry 4.0 technologies introduce the concept of cyber physical systems, integrations of complex physical machinery, networked sensors and computer software, which can self-monitor and then adapt their functioning to optimise performance based on the current prevailing operational environment.

Cyber physical systems are transforming the interaction between humans, equipment and industrial processes in workplaces and such transformations are increasingly extending to how health and safety is practiced in workplaces. In fact, in some workplaces, such systems are being used directly for the purposes of better managing health and safety risks (use of wearable devices to monitor the locations of workers relative to workplace hazards, or sensors on safety critical plant to inform maintenance and servicing schedules, for example). More commonly however, they are being used more for optimising operations and delivering improvements in process efficiency, but in doing so, it is evident that new health and safety risks have the potential to be introduced into workplaces.

Steven’s presentation will provide a perspective on a number of these technological challenges, with particular reference to work being undertaken by HSE's Science Division on its Discovering Safety Research Programme.

Steve Naylor, Technical Lead on HSE's Discovering Safety Programme
Steve Naylor, Technical Lead on HSE's Discovering Safety Programme

Steve Naylor

Steve Naylor is a Senior Scientist within HSE’s Science and Research Centre, working within its Data Analytics team, and an Associate Director on the LRF Discovering Safety Programme, technically leading several projects being delivered as part of the programme. 

Rhodri Morgan, Electrical Control and Cyber Security Specialist Inspector
Rhodri Morgan, Electrical Control and Cyber Security Specialist Inspector

His specialist area of technical expertise is in the application of data analytic techniques, including data mining for knowledge discovery, text mining and natural language processing, and predictive analytic techniques, to generate intelligence from disparate multi-format data sources to inform organisational decision-making. He is passionate about the safe and ethical exploitation of emerging digital technologies to support better health and safety practice in workplaces.

Rhodri Morgan

Rhodri Morgan joined the HSE in 2019 as an Electrical Control and Cyber Security Specialist Inspector in the Chemicals, Explosives and Microbiological Hazards Division. Before joining the HSE, Rhodri held various roles as a Principal Functional Safety Engineer working in engineering consultancies and suppliers of offshore and subsea equipment in the U.K. and Norway. Rhodri has worked for over twenty-five years in the process, offshore and oil and gas industries. First working within the process industry on pipeline systems, advanced process controllers and process optimisation, before moving into the offshore industry to work on subsea control systems.

Rhodri has extensive experience in the design and commissioning of control systems implemented using both hardware and software and in delivering functional safety services and managing the risks associated with technology and software development. Rhodri has worked on the development of several codes, standards and codes of practice covering offshore and subsea equipment, functional safety, software dependent systems, pipeline pressure protection systems and cyber security. Rhodri is a Chartered Electrical engineer and a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET), a certified Functional Safety Expert and holds a M.Sc (Eng) in Control Systems and a B.Eng (Hons) in Electronics, Control and Systems engineering from the University of Sheffield.

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