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Cybersecurity Terms and Definitions for Todayís Engineer

Dale Wuokko, P.E.

Whether you are an owner, manager, or engineer at an engineering firm, cybersecurity must be an integral part of everyday business. Engineering firms today extensively use computer systems and software to maintain a website, prepare project bid documents, develop project estimates and schedules, prepare contracts, conduct data and literature research, perform complex engineering calculations, prepare computer-aided designs, utilize building information modeling, prepare engineering drawings, track project progress, prepare bills of materials, order supplies and materials, maintain email contact with customers, bill customers, pay bills, etc. Engineers can now use computers and specialty software to design, test and make changes to products efficiently and in a minimal amount of time. In addition, todayís use of the Internet allows engineering businesses from any location to rapidly transfer information and to expand their business to new and wider markets. The secure use and reliability of computer information technology are crucial to an engineering firmís business success and reputation.

Regarding the networking of operational infrastructure and information technology, this has been and is continuing to be engineered to be much more interdependent, moving from an operating environment characterized by disparate assets, systems, and networks to one in which cloud computing, mobile devices, and wireless connectivity have dramatically changed the way physical infrastructure is operated in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness. Increasingly, localized infrastructure operational technology is connected to and remotely monitored and operated through the use of information technology. As this integration of information and communications technologies with infrastructure operations has grown, so has the scope of their cyberattack surfaces. The extent to which infrastructure operational technology is interconnected with information technology determines the risk environment for operational infrastructure security and resilience.

With the increasing use of information technology systems in an engineering environment, the increasing use of information technology networked with operational technology and the Internet, and the growth of cyberattacks, it is imperative that todayís engineers have a good understanding of cybersecurity terms and definitions. This course provides the engineering community with a discussion of cybersecurity terms and definitions.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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