Protecting The Digital Railway

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by Rebekah Valero-Lee on

As the industry becomes increasingly ‘connected’ and new digital technology transforms our ways of working, railways systems are being left more vulnerable and a target for hackers.

In 2008, a teenager hacked into a Polish tram system causing derailment, chaos and confusion.

Cybercrime is now ranked a ‘tier one’ threat to UK national security – the same as terrorism and natural disasters. To enhance the group’s cyber capabilities, we acquired cybersecurity managed services and consultancy company, ESP Group.

Rebranded as ‘Morson Cyber Security’, the new division’s Security Operations Centre (SOC) in Manchester is supp, running military grade software that provides security levels without the costly fees that are usually associated with such protection.

Cybersecurity is a growing concern for all sectors, including rail, with a recent survey by Morson Cyber Security revealing that 70 percent of organisations were increasingly fearful of a cyber attack.

Network Rail’s digital railway is described as ‘A digital future for Britain’s railway to benefit passengers and support economic growth’. This digital railway includes initiatives around next-generation in-train signalling, traffic management optimising speed and movement of trains, communications and data management to name a few.

Cyber protection in a digital world is essential.


To find out more about the digital railway, click here. Or to find out how engineering is changing in 2018, click here.

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