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46www.SmartRailWorld.comRail and Metro Innovation Guide 2018Keeping rail and metro networks safe and secure is both a challenging and complicated proposition. Stations, control rooms, signalling systems, miles of tracks and wayside equipment, much of which is located in remote and difficult to monitor locations all present huge difficulties in maintaining security. The busiest urban stations can see hundreds of thousands of daily passengers pass through them, thronging concourses and platforms making them a very attractive target to terrorists. Sadly this threat is not hypothetical, as attacks on public transport in Russia, Belgium, India and London to name just a few in the last year have underlined this is a clear and present danger. Whilst with public transport continuing to be transformed by digital technology, the attack surface for potential damage from a cyber attack is massively increased. The broadening of on-board Wi-Fi connectivity presents new routes for threats to reach mission-critical software and urgently increases the need for enhanced security solutions. In this special feature we look at these twin threats, assess some of the real life examples of breaches and take a view on what can be done (and what can't) to try and keep our networks safe and secure.CybercrimeThe past twelve months have seen a proliferation of cyber attacks on rail and metro including San Francisco Metro, Deutsche Bahn and China Railways. To maintain the safety of passengers and the reliability of operations, cybersecurity is now (or should be) a paramount concern for rail and metro operators. Despite hundreds of millions of people utilizing public transport every day, most countries don't have specific regulations relating to cyber security. But rail and metro operators know that today's threats are extremely dangerous, leading to disruption, loss of revenue or at worse a fatal crash or derailment.Waterfall Security's CEO and Co-founder Lior Frenkel highlights the potential of the threat: "The biggest risk to industrial networks occurs when there is a connection to an external network. In many ways, connecting rail systems to the internet is quite reckless, but delivers so many efficiencies that it's hard to see a day when public transport won't be connected. What is most concerning is when the mission-critical control systems are connected to the same networks used by the passengers or the business networks. Here you open up the control system to the bad guys, who needn't even be on-board the train to find a way into the control system." (For more from Lior - Expert view: Combating the increasingly sophisticated digital threat to rail and metro.)Further explanation comes from Daniel Jaeggi, Head of Business Development at Icomera; "The world is changing quite rapidly: cybersecurity threats are becoming extremely sophisticated and more and more systems are being connected to our on-board networks, increasing the attack footprint."Better engineering can only take you so far; active monitoring and second-line protection is needed to enhance network security. This can be a hard concept to fully grasp. Jaeggi continues, this assumption of fallibility is common in many other areas where security and safety are paramount: "When you board a flight, your pilot can be the best in the world, but all the safety systems and processes are designed around the idea that he or she will make mistakes or systems fail that shouldn't. Things go wrong, that shouldn't be a problem in itself, it's how you deal with them and what backup you have. That's what keeps you safe!" (For more on this area and the work RazorSecure do in this area - Expert View: Why a change is needed in rail industry thinking about cybersecurity.)Solutions. There are a number of solutions available both physical and software based but with a myriad of IT systems usually being run, some new, other legacy every rail and metro's requirements are different. There are a couple of key truths worth considering however. Cybercrime and terrorism, the growing twin threats to rail and metro.SECTION 7: SAFETY AND SECURITY