Tuesday 18 October 2016
Railway Security

Successful kick-off meeting of the CYRAIL project “Cybersecurity in the RAILway sector” held on 14 October 2016 in Porto

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CYRAIL is a collaborative project selected by the European Commission as part of the call for proposals under the Shift2rail programme for Rail research and Innovation (R&I), addressing the topic “Threat detection and profile protection definition for cybersecurity assessment."

Railway infrastructures are moving towards more intelligent, connected, user-centric and collaborative systems. While it brings many advantages for the industry and users, it also poses new opportunities for cyber-criminals and terrorists.

An analysis of threats targeting railway infrastructures will be developed as well as innovative, attack detection and alerting techniques. Adapted mitigation plans and countermeasures will be defined, taking into account their potential impact on operations. Protection profiles for railway control and signalling applications will be delivered to ensure security by design of new rail infrastructures.

The project, led by EVOLEO will last 24 months at a total cost of nearly €1.5 million.

The Consortium is comprised of a well-balanced group of six partners from five European countries with complementary skills: EVOLEO (Portugal), EUSKOIDER (Spain), FORTISS (Germany), Cassidian Cybersecurity (France) ATSEC (Sweden) and UIC (France). An Advisory Board is foreseen, to bring on board the expertise from stakeholders within the railway value chain.

The CYRail consortium intends to take advantage of developments in other industries (aeronautics, automotive and information technologies) and bring them into the railway sector, taking similarities and specificities into account.

During the kick-off of the project held on 14 October in Porto, UIC was represented by Marc Antoni, Director of the Rail System department and Marie-Hélène Bonneau from the Security Division. The role of UIC in the project is to contribute to the deliverable on safety and security requirements of rail transport system in multi-stakeholder environments as well as participating in the definition of an operational scenario description. UIC is also leader for dissemination and exploitation of the results.

A first end-users’ workshop will be organised on 19 December jointly with the UIC ARGUS project meeting.

All information will be soon available at www.cyrail.eu

For further information please contact Marc Antoni: antoni@uic.org

Or Marie-Hélène Bonneau: bonneau@uic.org

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