Cyber and the Rail Sector

The rail sector is becoming ever more digitally connected. Digital technologies are readily adopted on the railways in order to improve reliability, efficient and consumer experiences whilst high profile projects such as Crossrail and HS2 have relied heavily on digitisation.

However, with the growing use of networked control and automation systems that can be remotely accessed via public and private networks, and the move to open-platform, standardised equipment built using commercial off the shelf components, the cyber vulnerabilities for the rail system have increased.

These threats are wide ranging, from organisations and people whose intentions are wide and varied, ranging from the desire to cause death, through to the desire to cause minor disruption, inflict reputational damage or steal data. That is why, in January 2017, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) published its first ‘Rail Cyber Security Strategy, highlighting the threats and possible solutions to the growing cyber threat to the rail network.

Attendees at this techUK briefing will examine how these shared challenges can be overcome, highlighting best practice in areas including, policy and procedure, architecture, design, skills and awareness. At a time when the implications of the NIS Directive remain unclear, this will also be an opportunity to discuss the regulatory framework and responsibilities of organisations in the space.

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