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Rail Operational Technology Cyber Security (ROTCS)
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Breakfast Briefing
Rail Operational Technology Cyber Security (ROTCS)

‘If it is not secure, it is unlikely to be safe’

19 October 2023 | Christie Spaces Melbourne

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In this breakfast session, our expert course instructor Howard Parkinson will discuss how railway regulators, operators, and OEMs deal with national critical infrastructure. According to a 2020 survey by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA), only 33% of rail operators of essential services (OES) have fully implemented defensive measures against cyber-attacks, as recommended by regulations.

This places their safety critical software under serious threat – not to mention the mandatory compliance with regulations. When security breaches occur the ripple effect throughout an organisation can be vast, with implications that are both financial and personal. There will also be implications concerning system safety and resilience.

Key Discussion Points:

  • What is Railway Cyber Security? (Putting it into the context of railway and transportation).
  • Identify the threats and vulnerabilities (such as cyber security, safety, and availability).
  • Develop mitigation actions for threats and vulnerabilities and recovery from potential consequences.
  • Cyber Security – What standards are available for dealing with threats.
  • An understanding of how TS50701 and IEC62443 can improve cyber security across the entire railway.
  • How to manage IT and OT cyber security as a business.

The breakfast session will be interactive and engaging, providing attendees with valuable insights and actionable takeaways to enhance their skills in a rapidly changing world. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their experiences, and exchange ideas.


Howard Parkinson

Howard is a chartered engineer with over 20 years of experience in the international railway industry, more recently as an independent consultant, researcher and trainer. He has experience in signaling, rolling stock, infrastructure and railway systems projects at a senior level and has just finished an assignment in Australia working on systems integration for automatic train protection.

His project positions at senior levels have included systems assurance manager, senior project manager, lead safety assessor, and head of systems engineering and safety. He has had experience in metro, tram and heavy rail (conventional and high speed) in UK, Australia and other countries.

Howard has expertise in systems engineering, compliance, safety /notified body assessment, safety and reliability engineering, the latest safety standards, European interoperability and UK legislation.

His current research interests include safety engineering in the railway, accident investigation and systems engineering. Howard has been deployed internationally in countries including: Australia, Korea, Germany, The Netherlands, UK, Croatia, Saudi Arabia, Canada and China. In addition to his consulting and research work, Howard designs, develops and delivers training to industry in the areas of engineering, safety and risk management.

Howard holds a doctorate from the department of mechanical and aeronautical engineering at the University of Manchester and a postgraduate certificate in education. He is a registered chartered engineer in the United Kingdom, a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE), and a member of the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (MIRSE).


Christie Spaces Melbourne
Room: Level 10 Conference Space.
Address: 454 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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