Overcoming and understanding cyber-security challenges
Famously, Frank Sinatra did it his way, but when Yael Mor joined Israel Railways, she learned that if she wanted to build and incorporate an effective cyber ‘attitude’ for the organisation, she would have to do it the ‘rail’ way. Here she discusses three major cyber-security challenges that she has identified as Israel Railways’ Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).
Today cyber-defence around the world is more crucial than ever. Threats to the international cyber arena are increasing every day and overcoming challenges between the physical world and the virtual world are what a CISO in any organisation deals with every day.
Challenge 1: Change prejudice about the Operational Technology (OT) team
My first challenge at Israel Railways was to change my own prejudice about the OT employees. I could have easily overlooked the OT team, looking at OT as the past and myself as the future.
Fortunately, this prejudice did not last long, and I quickly became aware of just how valuable that team is for our organisation. Prejudice gave way to admiration.
I realised that for them, the railway is not just what they do for work, but it is a way of life. For most of them, trains and railways have been an obsession since childhood. They visit train museums on their vacations. Many of them have worked for Israel Railways for several years, and they aim to always stay a vital part of the organisation being committed to their jobs for as long as there is air in their lungs and strength in their muscles.