Israel sets up cyber security center to protect railway system

Israel Railways will build Cyber monitoring Center (CSOC) at a cost of 30 million NIS - Rafael Defense Systems Ltd. won the construction tender.

ISR officials estimate that "Israel Railways is blocking every month about 10 million intrusion attempts into its network, In order to collect vital information, and introduce viruses and malware".

Israel Railways is undergoing development, advancing to next generation, and preparing for the next Cyber era.

In recent days, Rafael Defense Systems Ltd. won a tender to establish a cybernetic monitoring Center (CSOC) which will provide Israel railways monitoring and control capabilities, along with tracking capabilities and advanced protection against infiltration attempts and attacking the company's systems, especially Computer and operations systems, including advanced systems onboard trains.

Cyber monitoring centre will be staffed and activated by Israel railways Cyber unit. Construction cost is estimated at about 30 million NIS, and it will be placed in the Israel railways headquarters at Lod, adjacent to the new Network Traffic Control Center, which is currently under construction.

Israel Railways is defined by the national cyber protection authority as a "critical infrastructure", and is currently developing an advanced system at high investment. The Cyber system of Israel Railways is intended to address both threats from major assaults such as countries and organizations, as well as cyber threats from terrorist organisations.

As a national railway, Israel Railways recognizes high motivation to attack   the rail infrastructure, relatively higher than other parallel companies worldwide. ISR officials estimate that "Israel Railways is blocking every month about 10 million intrusion attempts into its network, In order to collect vital information, and introduce viruses and malware".

Furthermore, the implementations of GSM-R will also see emphasis on cyber threats.

"Security of rail  systems is a complex task, because most relevant systems, until now, were not designed as safe systems to cyber threats", Israel Railways mentions, "that is why we need first to accurately map the threats and loopholes in the system, and then let them an answer. Some solutions include security hardening, but it is also necessary to develop completely new technology, such as secure communications network onboard locomotives. Israel Railways is undergoing significant development preparing to the next generation, and so is in Cyber.