How railroads are keeping trains safe from hackers

By Steven Melendez, Fast Company; April 29, 2019

Railroads have historically focused on safety, from ensuring tracks and trains are properly maintained to making sure pedestrians and drivers stay out of harm’s way, but lately they’ve also emphasized a new type of protection: cybersecurity.

“The rail industry has prioritized cyber security for more than twenty years, supporting enhanced safety and security throughout the North American railroad network,” said Thomas Farmer, assistant vice president for security at the Association of American Railroads, in a statement emailed to Fast Company.  “America’s major railroads have implemented multi-faceted plans and measures to detect, prevent, and respond to cyber threats.”

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