In the midst of the war between the West and the Islamic State, civil engineers in the West have been struggling to keep up with the cyberattacks and other technological developments.
It’s been a tough time.
“We are living in the age of cyberspace, where things can be easily hacked, and people can take advantage of it,” said John Gorman, a senior vice president at the US-based think tank the Atlantic Council.
Gorman told Al Jazeera that civil engineers are “doing a lot of work that’s very challenging”.
Gorman said the Civil Engineering Commission, a US government-funded organization, has helped educate engineers about how to make cyber attacks “safe and effective”.
“I think it’s important to have the technical infrastructure in place to help us be able to respond effectively to these types of cyber attacks,” he said.
But there are no easy answers for civil engineers who are dealing with these challenges.
While Gorman and other civil engineers said they’ve been “very successful” in the cyberwar, others have complained about the lack of resources and training.
“It’s difficult to get enough funding to maintain your own organization,” said Alireza Zabekian, a civil engineer in New York who works for the American Civil Liberties Union.
Civil engineers in New Zealand, who have been working in the field for decades, have been doing their best to make up for the lack to make sure their civil engineering training is adequate, but they’re not getting the training they need, Zabakian told Alireas.
“There’s a disconnect between the needs of civil engineers and the needs in the private sector,” he added.
In the US, the civil engineering industry has been struggling for years to keep pace with the rapid pace of technological change, according to the Council on Foreign Relations, an American think tank.
The US Department of Defense estimates that, by 2020, the US will spend $8.7bn on civil engineering research and development, which will be used to support projects that will result in “sustainable” military technology.
There are now more than 100,000 civil engineering programs across the country, with over 1,400 active projects.
But there’s still not a lot going on for civil engineering professionals in the US.
As of January 2017, there were only 14 civil engineering graduates in the United States, according the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which noted that this was down from a high of more than 40,000 in 2011.
In an effort to fill the gaps, US civil engineering agencies are looking for people who have some experience in civil engineering and cybersecurity.
“I’ve always wanted to be an engineer, so I think that’s a really important skill,” said Eric Wiesenmeier, a cybersecurity specialist who is currently working for the US Department