Why cyber security is important to Network Rail

Cyber security

Our railway cyber systems, communications networks and corporate cyber systems need to be available 24/7.

Cyber security helps protect and monitor networks and systems, maintaining their availability and helping to keep the railway running.

Britain has the safest major railway in Europe and cyber security is a key part of our plan for introducing digital train control technology.

Safety is our top priority, which is why we work closely with government, the security services, our partners and suppliers in the rail industry and security specialists to combat cyber threats.

Dedicated team

Within Network Rail there are dedicated security teams, whose job it is to monitor our systems and networks to deter, detect and respond to cyber threats and recover our systems should a cyber incident occur, getting them up and running again as quickly as possible.

Our approach to security is holistic, and we recognise that the value of any technical and process controls is only realised when there is a shared security culture across the organisation.

Everyone at Network Rail completes mandatory security training, which includes cyber security, and we regularly conduct cyber security awareness campaigns so that our staff understand and recognise potential threats and risks to cyber systems and our infrastructure.

Protected systems and networks

We employ a range of technical and process measures to enhance the protection of our systems. This helps to protect not only the railway but also our business, staff, customers and suppliers from cyber threats.

Cyber security is an important element of maintaining a safe and reliable railway. All Network Rail staff are responsible for protecting our rail cyber systems and networks so that they are available, keeping people safe and delivering the service our customers expect.

Wayne Watson, head of security governance, Network Rail