The rail sector is becoming ever more digitally connected. Digital technologies are readily adopted on the railways in order to improve reliability, efficiency 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. That is why, in January 2017, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) published its first ‘Rail Cyber Security Strategy, highlighting the threats facing the rail sector and possible solutions to the growing threat. The Network and Information Systems Directive (NIS Directive), due to be implemented in May 2018, will also specifiy security requirements for rail operators to ensure that they are resilient to the cyber threat.
Attendees at this techUK briefing will examine how the NIS Directive will affect the rail sector, along with highlighting best practice in areas such as 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.
Speakers confirmed are:
- Nick Wilson, Rail Delivery Group
- Department for Transport
- National Cyber Security Centre
We are also discussing participation with the DCMS NIS Directive team.