Airbus and Alstom join forces for transport cybersecurity

rail transport cybersecurityAirbus CyberSecurity and Alstom have signed a worldwide cooperation agreement focusing on rail transport cybersecurity.

“In the context of increasing worldwide cyber threats across all sectors, Alstom aims to protect its assets and those of its customers as effectively and as early as possible. The collaboration between Alstom and proven specialist Airbus CyberSecurity will ensure the future usage and success of green mobility worldwide,” Eddy Thesee, Vice President Cybersecurity at Alstom said.

The partnership will allow the partners to provide rail operators with solutions and services combining Alstom’s solutions and expertise in rail transport with Airbus CyberSecurity’s services and expertise in ensuring the security of industrial information systems.

Under the collaboration partnership, Alstom is bringing its knowledge of railway systems design, manufacture, operations and maintenance. The French manufacturer will also leverage its unique cybersecurity expertise developed in recent years.

Airbus CyberSecurity will contribute to joint offers with services and solutions in security monitoring of railway systems through its various Security Operations Centres (SOCs) and in responding to incidents. It will also contribute to security auditing services and penetration and intrusion testing, notably through its simulation and testing platform for industrial systems, CyberRange.

“As specialist in the cybersecurity of industrial systems, particularly in the transport sector, we are keen to contribute to securing the information systems of the rail sector along with Alstom,” Nicolas Razy, Director of Airbus CyberSecurity France, said.

To protect their asset and ensure safe and secure mobility to their customers, railway companies will be able to rely on solutions tailored by Alstom and Airbus CyberSecurity for their industry.

In recent years, rail companies have developed ambitious digital strategies, particularly to cope with the growing number of passengers. They have deployed and interconnected information systems combining IT, operational technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) in the management and control systems of trains, metro trains and trams, track signalling systems and rail operations control centres.

Worldwide, Alstom counts over 13,000 employees working on digitalisation, particularly in the areas of signalling technology, smart mobility and rail transport cybersecurity. In July, Alstom announced its investment in Campus Cyber company underlining its ambition to lead the way to a greener and smarter mobility.

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