Second panel discussion: “The need for co-ordinated action”

The afternoon panel discussion emphasised understanding how railways can benefit from the outputs of the many activities described, especially CYRAIL and Shift2Rail, and it was noted that projects like CYRAIL deliver outputs via Shift2Rail who will make them available to EU Railways in general.

Broad discussion also focused the need for coordinated action and sharing to ensure the many different roles and concerns are interconnected meaningfully.

In response to that, it was questioned how EU Railways could benefit from the idea of realistic field exercises, such as those presented by Mme Bonneau, and the panel indicated a range of activities already in place to support such exercises.

Furthermore, it was emphasised that we need some way to get a critical mass of RU/IM and Support Service involvement to make a really meaningful Europe-wide exercise that could convince Railways of the way ahead, and so the role of the Rail ISAC could consider how to enrich community knowledge by this and other means.

“CyberSecurity4Rail” Railway Industry Conference - Brussels 4th October 2017

Conference Report

  1. Welcome and overview: “Co-operation is essential in the quest to manage technology and people for security”
  2. Cyber security – don’t be a victim: “Information is power and control of information has unexpected consequences”
  3. The regulators’ view on cyber security: “Multi-modal transport requires data exchange and interconnection”
  4. Security in the SERA – policy considerations: “The need for common understanding, guidelines and best practices”
  5. The Network and Information Security Directive (NIS Directive): “A host of European actions in cyber security”
  6. The railway sector perspective on cyber security: “Integrated approach to security and safety without duplication”
  7. How airlines protect against cyber-attack: “Adversaries are not systems, but people who are smart and who pursue goals”
  8. Secure networks for collaborative services: “Networks are the risk – meshed networks provide a segmented and secure response”
  9. First panel discussion: Product liability, staff training & awareness, information sharing in both safety and security…”
  10. Cyber security and resilience of transport infrastructure: “Current European initiatives in cyber security supporting Rail”
  11. Perspectives from a European railway operator: “Trains as data centres – protecting train IT as a cyber-crime target”
  12. Lessons learned from EU projects SECRET and CYRAIL: “Rail as critical infrastructure requires strong projects to protect it”
  13. Perspectives of a railway infrastructure manager: “Extensive premises, public accessibility – DB managing security risks”
  14. The telecommunications view: “Risk management depends on agility”
  15. The IT provider view: “Understand vulnerability and develop avoidance and mitigation strategies”
  16. Second panel discussion: “The need for co-ordinated action”
  17. Closing keynote address: “Achieving an EURail-ISAC, without replication or over-regulation….”
  18. The Way Forward: “Establishing a European Railway ISAC based on a common understanding”
  19. Annexe - Conference Evaluation Summary – Consensus


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