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Thales presented its Cybels Key Management Centre at InnoTrans 2022. Here's all you need to know

Thales presented its Cybels Key Management Centre at InnoTrans 2022. Here's all you need to know
photo: Thales/Thales presented its Cybels Key Management Centre at InnoTrans 2022. Here's all you need to know
29 / 09 / 2022

Faced with the rapid urbanization of our societies and the new challenges posed by climate change and soft mobility, rail transport is undergoing an unprecedented revival through new high-speed links and the renaissance of night trains. Like any critical infrastructure system, a rail system fulfills vital missions and is subject to a number of risks, including today an overwhelming increase in cyber attacks. Wireless network connectivity is making railroads an easier target for hackers.

Innovative solutions for secure maintenance and cyber threat detection

Based on its command and signaling technology leadership, Thales designed an innovative automated and online national rail key management system to secure the ETCS (European Train Control System) communications. This new solution, Cybels Key Management Centre, provides cryptographic key management services for ETCS railway operations to secure radio-based communication between infrastructure and rolling stock and ensure the reliability of the information communicated. Thales is contributing to the modernization of the railway by delivering an Online Key Management System for Network Rail in the United Kingdom as part of the East Coast Digital Programme that will be deployed on the East Coast Main Line.

In addition, at InnoTrans 2022, Thales unveiled a brand new solution, Secure Remote Operating Control Centre, to ensure digitalized maintenance of unmanned railways or metros through a military-grade secure network capitalizing on Cryptosmart. To optimize resources, operational staff can visit the operation control center virtually and maintain equipment remotely. The Secure Remote OCC ensures continuous monitoring of the infrastructure, taking advantage of an expert-level opinion to mitigate the risks of remote connections.

Wide-ranging expertise from cyber threat intelligence to managed detection and response services

Thales products and services enable customers to detect the most advanced cyber threats on the rail network and to take decisive action to secure their sensitive IT and OT environments by monitoring a wide range of information on a daily basis with a specialization in the transport vertical.

In addition, Thales manages nine Security Operation Centres (SOC) that combine 24/7 threat detection and analysis capabilities and deliver responses in compliance with the country's cybersecurity infrastructure and policies. They currently form an international network operating according to the "follow the sun" model, which offers continuous support to over a hundred customers worldwide, with an unequaled level of responsiveness and flexibility.

Addressing the entire cyber value chain

Thales offers cyber-secured solutions for the transport market combining rail standards compliance (i.e. IEC 62443 and CLC/TS 50701) with its strong experience in critical systems for aviation, space, banking, and military operations. Benefiting from its expertise in transport, artificial intelligence (AI), big data, and cybersecurity, Thales’s solutions are designed for cybersecurity resilience to cope with system longevity.

“Digitalisation is helping to make trains faster, safer, and more comfortable. But it also exposes railways to cyberattacks because the more connected devices there are, the more opportunities there will be for hackers to break into the system. The challenge is to safeguard the critical system by detecting and protecting its assets at risk. This is why Thales rail solutions are ‘Cyber secured by Design”. By protecting the operational services of our rail customersand the data of their passengers—Thales ensures the integrity, availability, and confidentiality of their digital transformation,” says Benoît Bruyère, Ground Transportation Cybersecurity Authority at Thales.

“As a global leader in cybersecurity for more than 40 years, Thales is involved at every level of the cyber value chain, offering solutions ranging from risk assessment to critical infrastructure protection, supported by comprehensive threat detection and response capabilities. Facing a constantly evolving cyber threat environment, Thales’s teams are proud to ensure the safety, security, availability, and resilience of its customers’ transportation systems,” comments Pierre-Yves Jolivet, Vice-President, Cyber Defence Solutions at Thales.


Source: Thales Press Releases