UK: Ricardo and Roke Manor Research are working with Bombardier Transportation’s in-house teams to produce a full appraisal of the digital security risk profile of Aventra electric multiple-units, looking at their exposure to a range of possible threats from espionage to remote hacking.

This is intended to provide Bombardier Transportation's customers with an evidence base which they can use to demonstrate compliance with the EU Network & Information Systems Directive.

‘Transport systems are set to be the next big challenge in cyber security’, said Dr Andrew Rogoyski, innovation director for Roke, on April 24. ‘Connecting trains, vehicles and ships via the internet has the potential to post significant "life and death" safety implications. This work is therefore a landmark development, as a major train manufacturer seeks to integrate cyber security assessments into their design and testing processes, keeping passengers safe, while delivering next generation train systems.’