Rail cybersecurity centre to be opened in India

Rail Security Operations Centre Egis and Cylus will create the first global Rail Security Operations Centre (SOC) strategically located in Mumbai, India which is expected to be opened in January 2022. Sharing the expertise and innovation of both companies the centre will be available to rail and urban transit customers globally.

“We are excited by the most recent innovation to come out of our fruitful partnership with Cylus – the proposal to collaborate on a global-first rail Security Operations Centre,” Olivier Bouvart, the Chief Excutive officer of Rail business unit, Egis said.

The two companies signed the agreement for the development of the innovative service in Dubai on November 2021. It is a testament to the strength of partnership between Egis and Cylus, and the rapid advancement of the realm of rail cybersecurity.

A SOC provides round the clock cybersecurity services to monitor, detect, identify, and respond to impending threats. The proposed Rail Security Operations Centre established by the two companies will be the first to combine both IT and OT (operational technology) security services in the rail and urban transit sector.

The heart of the SOC will be CylusOne, a revolutionary feat of engineering and artificial intelligence, delivering a real-time analysis of communications between critical systems and network interfaces, which is designed specifically for the rail industry. The SOC will be operated by a team of security experts on a rota to ensure 24/7/365 availability.

“The new Security Operations Centre in India will be the first of its kind, combining security for a wide array of critical rail assets, networks, and systems. After working closely with dozens of leading rail companies worldwide, we came to the realisation that the need for a specialized, rail-specific SOC is of paramount importance”Amir Levintal, the CEO of Cylus said.

CylusOne, Cylus’ proprietary machine learning-driven platform, is the backbone of the SOC. In addition to cutting-edge threat detection capabilities, CylusOne enables SOC teams to achieve operational excellence through smarter and smoother practices.

In 2020 Egis and Cylus entered a partnership agreement for the opening of a cybersecurity Center of Excellence to support all the aspects of the rail cybersecurity.

In December 2020, Alstom announced it has acquired a minority stake in Cylus.

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