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European Rail Cyber Security Working Group announced

On September 12th the Cyber Senate will be hosting the European Rail Cyber Security Working Group in a roundtable format with discussion groups in the morning and outcomes presented in the afternoon. Capped at 70 participants, this face to face knowledge sharing exercise is specifically designed to assist all stakeholders in the rail ecosystem with an opportunity to assess their security posture, and collaborate with their industry counterparts.
Already confirmed table leaders include the Rail Delivery Group, Deutsche Bahn, and the ERTMS Users Group. More announcements will be made shortly.

IAEA join the ICS Nuclear conference as Key Note speakers

The Cyber Senate are pleased to announce the IAEA will be joining us as Key Note presenters on the Industrial Control Cyber Security Nuclear conference we will be hosting in Warrington UK, May 24-25th 2016.

For further information see www.industrialcontrolsecuritynuclear.com

Cyber Security for Communications Based Train Control

We launched our CBTC conference for Engineering Directors in 2014, having noticed and appreciated the vision these leaders possessed in relation to upgrading legacy systems, outdated rolling stock and replacing control systems communication. What really caught my attention, is like Smart Grids, in the name of efficiency ( and in this case increasing capacity infrastructure for growing populations) the communications systems being utilised to create the new efficient control systems from track to train are wireless. The rail sector globally are upgrading their assets with two way embedded communications infrastructure that is vulnerable to all of the attacks we read about daily in other industries.

Whilst this is not a cyber security event, it represents the core of the cybersecurity discussion in that, these are the leaders of implementation connecting and facilitating the design of our transport sector, and the vendors are.. well the same ones providing SCADA and Wireless networks all over the world for industrial control systems.

If Transport Cybersecurity is of interest to you, you wont want to miss this conversation. And again, this is an implementation and engineering driven CBTC conference, we are not discussing security. And that is why, you as a cyber professional need to be here.

Smart Roads, Traffic systems, and the threat of Smart City eco systems

Smart Traffic systems raise concerns over hacking vulnerabilities. Wireless communications infrastructure will never be %100 secure, and the advancing threats of the Internet of Things and Smart Cities continues with Smart Traffic Systems. Lighting systems, city monitoring systems (such as Smart City Barcelona are implementing) that monitor noise levels and the gathering of crowds as a defence mechanism, can also be utilised by those with ulterior motives.
The Cyber Senate has also identified key areas in Smart Roads, that incorporate technologies into roads for generating solar energy and – and more importantly the operation of autonomous cars, as well as lighting and road condition monitoring.

Vehicle Infrastructure Integration technology would link vehicles directly to their surroundings to improve safety and reliability. The vision is to create automated guidance and autopilot systems, that do not require human intervention.

In the name of efficiency, we again become dependant upon a technology with cybersecurity gaps and must remember these systems need to be built with a “security by design” perspective as the first priority.

Require further information? Please get in touch with us james@cybersenate.com or 44 (0)207 0967 1754

Further thoughts to consider:
Smart roads charge your vehicle without charging points.
Giving new meaning to the phrase “electric avenue” along stretches of Israeli streets and railways, the simple passage of cars and trains is creating electricity.

Created as possible Smart pricing, further gaps can and will be exploited
http://www.worldhighways.com/categories/traffic-focus-highway-management/features/europes-smart-road-pricing-project/

“Designed in collaboration with Heijmans Infrastructure, a Dutch multinational development company, Smart Highway aims to retrofit highways with innovative technology that can visually communicate dangerous road conditions and traffic pattern disruptions, charge electric cars on the go, and even generate energy to power its own lighting.” 

Smart lighting, traffic management systems, the entire Smart City Eco System incorporates all of the embedded communication infrastructure that is regularly being exploited in many other next generation systems utilised by such as industries as oil, gas, electricity, financial services and retail.
Let’s discuss security shall we?