The growth of big data and cyber-threats for the rail sector
With the rise of big data and the subsequent growth in cyber-threats, Tommaso Spanevello, Public Affairs Manager at UNIFE, outlines an effective cyber-security strategy for the rail sector and highlights that more cross-industry collaboration is needed to ultimately benefit the future of rail’s success.
Digitalisation and the spread of web-based technologies is profoundly changing communication patterns between businesses, organisations, communities and individuals. In this era of Internet of Things (IoT), an ever-growing network of objects, data, processes and people connect with each other using devices such as computers, tablets and smartphones. As IoT progressively becomes the ‘Internet of Everything’, such continuous inter-connection produces a rapidly expanding volume of created, transmitted and stored data. The importance of collecting, managing and effectively processing data is increasingly being acknowledged by the rail supply industry, and promises to deeply transform the rail sector’s business-as-usual. Indeed, by harvesting and processing this data, we can derive actionable insights that will enable us to improve rail business results.