The recent geopolitical landscape has highlighted just how dependent our societies are when it comes to resilient logistic and transport infrastructure. As an example, we saw forward deployments of Russian military equipment and troops utilising the Belarusian Railway disrupted in January, and then on March 17th according to ABC News “Major malfunctions in the electronic control systems of railway networks in Poland and Italy caused significant delays and cancellations along train routes, said railway authorities in both countries. In Poland, government cybersecurity chief Janusz Cieszynski, said a team tasked with handling emergency situations will meet to investigate the malfunction.” On March 23rd Bloomberg reported “Italy Rail Operator Detects Signs of Hacking in System. Ferrovie dello Stato halts in-station sales on possible breach. Attacks resembling CryptoLocker detected in company’s network.”

The time has come for the industry to quickly advance its capability and maturity models to ensure resiliency, especially during these times of geopolitical instability. Cyber Senate have been meeting for the last seven years to address cyber vulnerabilities for the rail sector in Europe and are pleased to host our first physical US event.
Rail Cybersecurity USA takes place May 12/13th in Arlington VA at the Crystal City Marriott.
Rail operators, government and technology leaders will be addressing advanced persistent threats, geopolitical threats, supply chain, information sharing, impacts of security directives, rolling stock vulnerabilities, safety and security, innovation and regulation, securing operational technology, developing a cybersecurity culture, threat hunting, mitre attack framework, preparedness, incident response and much more.

Speakers and Panellists include:

  • Benjamin Gilbert, Cybersecurity Advisor, Region III, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
  • Sonya T. Proctor, Assistant Administrator Department of Homeland Security Transportation Security Administration Surface Operations, Security Operations
  • Rafail Portnoy, Chief Technology Officer, MTA
  • Tariq Habib, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) 
  • Kyle Malo, Sr. Director, Cybersecurity and CISO, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
  • Nik Urlaub, Lead Cybersecurity Engineer, L541 – Mobile and Cyber-Physical Systems Technology, Mitre
  • Vaughn Hazen, Assistant Vice-President and Chief Information Security Officer, CN Rail
  • Rick Peters, CISO, Operational Technology North America, Fortinet
  • Glen Biegel, Manager, Data and Security, Alaska Railroad
  • Paul Brownridge, Security Consultant, Pen Test Partners
  • Peter Lund, CTO, Industrial Defender
  • Bob Gottschalk, Technical Sales Manager, Irdeto
  • Christian Schlehuber, Convenor of CENELEC TC 9X/WG 26, Cybershield Consulting
  • Serge Benoliel, Head of Product and Solution Cybersecurity Governance and Expertise, Alstom
  • Alfredo Perez, Principal Owner, Perez Consulting
  • Michael A. Echols, CEO, Max Cybersecurity LLC
  • Michael Weigand, Chief Growth Officer, Co-founder, Shift5
  • Rafi Khan, CISO, NJ Transit
On April 12th we are hosting a free webinar for all asset owners (operators of essential services) to share how OT security data is being utilised and what the most valuable pieces of that data are to collect and why.
This webinar is sponsored by Industrial Defender.
This is a FREE webinar, however we do not accept personal email registrations or competitors.
Our 9th annual Control Systems Cybersecurity Conference takes place in Celebration Florida September 29/30 and in London United Kingdom November 15/16th. Learn more here
Questions? Contact for any of our events or webinars.