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Cybersecurity in the RAILway sector

Objective

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. CYRail aims to deliver tailored specifications and recommendations for secure modern rail systems design and operation.

The challenges are multiple: wide and distributed geographical display of rail systems limit the traditional cyber-protection and cyber-defence tools & practices; the heterogeneous nature of rail systems make them vulnerable to blended attacks; the collaboration with other transportation infrastructures increase the number of points for attack; new passenger-centric services may expose rail systems to threats known in the IoT; last but not least, ICT supporting these trends are not necessarily trusted for critical applications.

CYRail will address those challenges through a methodical diagnosis and specification process, enforced at each step of the cyber-security chain: operational context and scenarios will be defined, followed by a security assessments of railway systems. An analysis of threats targeting those 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 CYRail consortium intends to take advantage of developments in other industries (aeronautics, automotive and energy) and bring them into the railway sector, taking similarities and specificities into account. The Consortium is comprised of a well-balanced group of 6 partners from 5 European countries with complementary skills. An Advisory Board is foreseen, to bring on board the expertise from stakeholders within the railway value chain.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/internet/internet of things
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/computer security
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

Call for proposal

H2020-S2RJU-OC-2015-01-2
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Funding Scheme

Shift2Rail-RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

EVOLEO TECHNOLOGIES LDA
Address
Rua Goncalo Mendes Maia 1350 1 H
4425 656 Maia
Portugal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 209 000

Participants (5)

FUNDACIÓN INVESTIGACIÓN UNIVERSIDAD EMPRESA JAKINTZA LANEZKO IKERKUNTZA - EUSKOIKER
Spain
EU contribution
€ 141 000
Address
Gran Via De Don Diego Lopez De Haro, 38 - 3º Dpto. 4
48009 Bilbao (Bizkaia)
Activity type
Research Organisations
FORTISS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 228 000
Address
Guerickestrasse 25
80805 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNION INTERNATIONALE DES CHEMINS DE FER
France
EU contribution
€ 257 250
Address
Rue Jean Rey 16
75015 Paris
Activity type
Other
AIRBUS CYBERSECURITY SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 427 900
Address
Boulevard Jean Moulin 1 Zac De La Clef Saint Pierre
78990 Elancourt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ATSEC INFORMATION SECURITY AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 235 000
Address
Svardvagen 3 C
18233 Danderyd
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)