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The growth in the use of computer-based technologies and the increasing sophistication and connectivity of cyber-physical systems working in real-time to influence outcomes will have a transformative effect on all of the sectors involved in the design, manufacture, construction, operation and management of built assets and environments.

As a consequence of the move towards greater digitisation and higher levels of integration between sectors, there is a need to address inherent vulnerabilities and take appropriate and proportionate measures to protect:

  • built assets and environments;
  • personnel and other occupants or users of built assets as well as a built environment’s citizens, encompassing residents, business, visitors and commuters;
  • data and information, including that which is commercially sensitive or constitutes intellectual property; and
  • services, whether societal, environmental and/or commercial in order to enable a more secure Digital Built Britain.

This work will be addressed by the Security Working Group (SWG) who will identify, advise and, where possible, act to resolve all matters involving security requirements relating to the implications of implementing digital systems within the life cycle of assets in the built environment, along with Smart Cities and Industrial Control Systems including the Internet of Things (IoT) and other distributed technologies.

The group reports to the Chief Scientific Advisor annually and, by invite, to relevant Ministers.

Further information and guidance around the security of digital build assets and environments can be found at:

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Welcome to the Centre for Digital Built Britain.  

The Centre for Digital Built Britain is a partnership between the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the University of Cambridge to understand how the construction and infrastructure sectors could use a digital approach to better design, build, operate, and integrate the built environment.

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Dec 17, 2018


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Jan 16, 2019

Institution of Engineering and Technology 2 Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL

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