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Key government agencies and industry experts provide guidance on new US security directives for the railway sector

TSA and CISA just two of the educators confirmed to join the Cyber Senate Rail Cybersecurity USA conference in Arlington Virginia on May 12/13th.

(PRUnderground) February 1st, 2022

Key stakeholders join the Cyber Senate Rail Cybersecurity USA conference in Arlington Virginia on May 12/13th 2022 to address new directives and provide additional guidance to the US rail industry.

The convergence of IT and operational technology, coupled with the integration of often untested, uncertified third-party applications and devices across transport infrastructure has extended the attack surface exponentially in a sector historically safeguarded by strict regulatory safety protocols. The surface transportation sector has entered a new age of digitisation, requiring a clear organisational process, preparedness, visibility of assets and supply chain weaknesses, and a robust response strategy to advanced persistent threats.

DHS’s TSA announced on December 2, 2021, two new Security Directives in response to the ongoing cybersecurity threat to surface transportation systems. These directives and additional guidance are steps being taken in response to the ongoing cybersecurity threat to surface transportation systems.

Organisers Cyber Senate, welcome the TSA’s Assistant Administrator for the Department of Homeland Security Transportation Security Administration Surface Operations, Security Operations, Mrs Sonya Proctor, who will join the conference to address how the rail sector can create a comprehensive approach to risk management across the surface modes.

CISA will be represented by Benjamin Gilbert, Cybersecurity Advisor, Region III, presenting the top threats and insight into those actors, how to better mitigate supply chain vulnerabilities and why the sector should be concerned.

Further intelligence will be provided by key industry leaders such as Kyle Malo, Sr. Director, Cybersecurity and CISO, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, who is responsible for leading the cybersecurity strategy and execution for the nation’s second-busiest transit system. Mr Malo served for nine years in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI), culminating as CISO, where he led efforts to secure national security information. Mr Malo will address supply chain security best practices and the growing need for partnerships to ensure resilience.

Rick Peters, CISO, Operational Technology North America for Fortinet, will highlight the essentials required to keep systems on track to maintain safe, available, and secure services. Mr Peters brings more than 37 years of cybersecurity experience, having worked across foreign, domestic, and commercial industry sectors at the National Security Agency (NSA).

Cyber Senate will include European rail Subject Matter Experts to help both regions benchmark their maturity. Christian Schlehuber, Convenor of CENELEC TC 9X/WG 26, Cybershield Consulting joins the group and is one of the leading Cybersecurity experts for Railway Systems in Europe. He worked several years for Deutsche Bahn and currently is the Convenor of CENELEC TC 9X/WG 26, responsible for the development of TS 50701, and working with ER-ISAC and ENISA.

Serge Benoliel, Head of Product and Solution Cybersecurity Governance and Expertise, Alstom, joins as the secretary of the CENELEC working group which issued the TS 50701 dedicated to railway cybersecurity, and acts as the leader of Shift2Rail Cybersecurity Technical Demonstrator TD2.11.

With key input from US and European stakeholders, Cyber Senate are pleased to be at the forefront of information sharing initiatives for the rail infrastructure sector.

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