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The great train robbery? Not in the digital age say Clavister and Nokia

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When £2.6 million was stolen from a Royal Mail train in the UK back in 1963, the thieves relied on the classic techniques of distraction and violence to secure their swag.

However, technological advancements mean modern day criminals wouldn't even have to leave home – they could simply hack the train's digital, connected applications.

To prevent such an incident one unnamed railway infrastructure company in Australia has called on Clavister and Nokia.

Clavister CEO, John Vestberg, said: “As railway sector adopts new-age technologies, cyber security becomes a necessary component of various railway businesses

“Nokia and Clavister are working hand in hand to offer security solutions to keep trains running on time and to ensure passengers arrive at their destinations safe and satisfied. We welcome our new customer in Australia and we aim to implement a security zone boundary to keep their railway network infrastructure safe and secure. Our joint solution also addresses regulatory and compliance requirements. “

The order, worth close to SEK2 million, will provide comprehensive network protection for both North/South and East/West traffic, and secure access from non-compliant or unauthorised attempts.

As part of the contract win, Nokia and Clavister will deliver advanced security features including traffic filtration between trackside equipment and core network, elastic capacity management and a throughput-based license model.

The customer will also benefit from centralised management and advance routing capabilities.

Clavister and Nokia have long collaborated on security products and services, with Clavister offerings featured in Nokia's MMS and Extended Detection and Response (XDR) portfolios.

Nokia said it has a "comprehensive suite of Cyber Security for Railways with proven expertise in securing digital age railways". This includes a telecom grade NetGuard Virtual Firewall (NVFW), built on a Clavister’s technology, which Nokia said is "the fastest virtual security gateway on the market today".

The two also highlighted that, while the modern infrastructure is "safer, more operationally efficient and provides an enhanced experience to passengers… as it is more connected, it increases the vulnerability surface for cyber threats".

 

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