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Addressing Cybersecurity Issues for the Rail Sector

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The rail sector in the UK and Europe is currently undergoing its next renaissance towards mass digitisation, from train to track. We are moving from largely analogue electro-mechanical systems to Commercial-off-the-shelf (CoTS)-based solutions, with a high degree of interconnectivity between these systems. This digitisation of cyberphysical systems, however, does not come without its own problems, as we have seen in recent years, e.g. Stuxnet and Triton. In this talk, we will explore the change from old to new in the rail sector, the potential threats they can introduce, before reviewing a number of rail-specific cybersecurity analyses conducted at the University of Birmingham. We will then conclude with some forward-looking considerations as we continue to develop and digitise the railway.

Dr Richard J. Thomas is an Industrial Fellow in Data Integration and Cybersecurity in the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) Centre of Excellence in Digital Systems, previously researching cybersecurity within the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) set of standards, and now works on a RITICS -funded project assessing the requirements that the Industrial Control System supply chain should consider to aid compliance with the EU Network and Information Systems(NIS) Directive

This talk is part of the Computer Security Seminars series.

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