Birmingham University enters rail cyber security partnership

Rail cyber security The University of Birmingham’s Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with RazorSecure establishing a strategic partnership on addressing rail cyber security.

The agreement establishes strategic research and thought leadership partnership between the two entities to address specific cyber security challenges including threat detection for railway systems, monitoring railway signalling systems used in the UK and EU railways, establishing a common body of knowledge for education in railway cyber security and integrating cyber security within safety and regulatory requirements.

“This partnership with RazorSecure puts us at the forefront of railway cyber security R&D, working closely with the rail supply chain and train operators to identify and develop new solutions that address key questions, in addition to providing the necessary information, skills and content required to cultivate the necessary maturity and cyber security knowledge for the sector,” Dr Richard James Thomas, Industrial Fellow in Data Integration and Cyber Security and Rail Cyber Security Technical Lead at BCRRE said.

The UK Rail Research and Innovation Network’s Centre of Excellence in Digital Systems, led and housed at BCRRE, offers world-leading expertise in railway control and operations simulation, condition monitoring and sensing, and data integration and cyber security. BCRRE’s dedicated railway cyber security laboratories develop and test solutions for ‘real world’ operational systems and identify new explanations through theoretical background evidence and transfer the data into implementable solutions.

RazorSecure provides tailored cyber-security solutions for the rail industry, covering both onboard and trackside applications. RazorSecure’s customers include train manufacturers such as Siemens, and rail operators such as Northern Trains, West Midland Railway and Capital Corridor. “By partnering with BCRRE, we are able to expand and enhance our solution portfolio, by developing new innovative technology designed specifically to meet the unique challenges faced by the rail industry,” Alex Cowan, the CEO of RazorSecure said.

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