RazorSecure and Comtest Wireless to deliver comprehensive rail cyber-security solutions

Posted: 25 June 2021 | | No comments yet

RazorSecure and Comtest Wireless have partnered to deliver a comprehensive suite of cyber-security protection solutions that encompass both rolling stock and infrastructure.

RazorSecure and Comtest Wireless to deliver rail cyber-security protection

Cyber-security specialists for the rail industry, RazorSecure, has announced a new strategic partnership with Comtest Wireless. The partnership optimises the expertise that RazorSecure has in protecting rolling stock from cyber-attacks with Comtest Wireless’ best in class rail telecoms, signalling and interlocking network optimisation and performance management expertise. The result is a comprehensive suite of cyber-security protection solutions across track, telecoms, signalling and rolling stock assets and infrastructure. 

Historically, the rail industry has operated separate networks for rolling stock and track and signalling. The track and signalling networks rely on rail telecommunications, such as the GSM-Railway (GSM-R) network. Covering more than 210,000km of track worldwide and 150,000km in Europe, this network provides essential, dependable communications between drivers and signallers, helping to increase safety, reduce delays and improve performance.

Comtest Wireless’ solutions help the rail industry to test, measure and monitor the performance of these network and signalling systems. In November 2020, the company also launched its first-generation security monitoring installation, NetProbe Owl, enabling network engineers to detect security and disruption issues on monitored GSM-R and European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) networks. 

Founded in 2015, RazorSecure has built a reputation for creating world-leading cyber-security solutions for train manufacturers and operators. Customers include rail manufacturers such as Siemens and operators such as West Midland Railway, Northern, Capital Corridor and Arriva. RazorSecure is primarily focussed on protecting rolling stock from the risk of cyber-attack through hardware and software.

The company launched the first Security Gateway designed from the ground up for rail companies in early 2021. RazorSecure’s Delta software continuously monitors the train networks, using anomaly detection to signal when a cyber-security threat is taking place.  

The new partnership provides one integrated cyber-security solution across the entire rail network. This is particularly important as the rail industry moves to integrate networks across both rolling stock and wayside systems, providing further opportunities for hackers to probe vulnerable systems. 

Alex Cowan, CEO of RazorSecure, said: “This partnership delivers real functional benefit to the rail industry in its fight against cyber-attacks. By combining our expertise with that of Comtest Wireless, we can deliver a best-in-class solution that reduces risk and provides peace of mind across the on-train networks and the wider trackside networks.” 

Steve Dance, Director at Comtest Wireless, said: “Cyber-security is an increasingly important issue across the rail sector, and this partnership is a natural extension for Comtest Wireless. Our solutions already collect passive data on the rail telecoms and signalling networks, so it was a logical progression to include security monitoring. Our partnership with RazorSecure takes this to the next level, as our complementary expertise enables both companies to offer an end-to-end solution for rail cyber-security globally.” 

The 2016 European Union (EU) Directive on security of network and information systems (NIS Directive) requires EU members to boost the overall level of cyber-security in the EU and develop a culture of security across sectors that are vital for the economy and society, such as utilities and transport. This has focussed rail companies on designing and implementing effective ways to control and manage risk within the control of rail networks. 

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