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Kaspersky Lab collaborates with TÜV Rheinland to enhance cybersecurity of the railway industry

Kaspersky Lab has announced a new partnership with TÜV Rheinland to enhance the cyber resilience of the transportation industry, particularly in the field of railway cybersecurity. Under the framework cooperation agreement, Kaspersky Lab will contribute security assessment, intelligence reporting and penetration testing services to the wide range of services and solutions offered by the world’s leading Independent Safety Assessor (ISA) and certification body.

TÜV Rheinland has specialized in the safety assessment and certification of railway control, command and signaling systems since the 1960s. Under the new terms of cooperation, Kaspersky Lab and TÜV Rheinland intend to join forces in providing railway customers in Greater China and Asia Pacific with a full range of security and safety services, including penetration testing, cyber security assessments, railway independent safety assessments, etc.

Kaspersky Lab has years of experience protecting industrial infrastructure in various forms. In 2016 it launched its Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity software solution and extended its range of Security Intelligence Services to operators of industrial infrastructure. One of Kaspersky Lab’s main areas of expertise is railway security.

This cooperation between two renowned leaders in their respective industries will enhance the safety of modern industrial systems, such as computer and communication train control (CBTC), automatic train control (ATC) and automatic train supervision (ATS). The vast experience of Kaspersky Lab’s experts brings new possibilities for TÜV Rheinland customers in increasing the safety and resilience of railway transportation.

“Railways are the perfect example of modern industrial infrastructure: diverse, geographically distributed and complex. Traffic safety for high speed trains and modern rapid transit systems require close attention to IT security in its traditional form, as well as ensuring the safety of operations involving complex hardware and software infrastructure. Our researchers have been paying close attention to railway cybersecurity, and we are happy to announce this new partnership that will help deliver intelligence and security services to a broad range of customers,” commented Sergey Gordeychik, Kaspersky Lab’s deputy CTO and Head of Security Services.

“TÜV Rheinland is a world-renowned technical service provider for third-party safety assessment and certification. We are very glad to cooperate with TÜV Rheinland to promote and apply our Kaspersky Industrial Cybersecurity solutions and intelligence service.  We have made several contacts and communications with each other about the partnership. Now, we have started to cooperate in the real project. I believe that our partnership with TÜV Rheinland will be a win-win situation, to offer a whole new level of information security protection services for all customers,” said Alvin Cheng, Managing Director of Greater China Region, Kaspersky Lab.

“Cybersecurity is a topic of increasing importance for railway stakeholders. When applied to specific industrial applications such as railway systems, cybersecurity requires the deep knowledge of a broader threat landscape, together with applied intelligence on very specialized infrastructure. Kaspersky Lab’s experts have a proven track record in both types of security expertise. Thus, we expect the combination of Kaspersky Lab and TÜV Rheinland’s expertize to really help our customers become more resilient to current and future security and safety issues,” added Vincent Tan, Vice President of TÜV Rheinland Rail Division, Greater China and Asia Pacific.