New TSA Regulations To Address Cyber Threat To Rail Systems

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New regulations will help railroads deal with cyberattacks.


The Transportation Security Administration will soon issue new regulations designed to make transit agencies and airlines better prepared for cyberattacks.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas says that, under the new directive, railroads and rail-related entities deemed “higher-risk” will be required to appoint a point person in charge of cybersecurity, report cyberincidents to DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and create a contingency plan for what to do if a cyberattack were to happen.

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Lower-risk railroads and related entities will be encouraged but not required to take the same steps, he said. Mayorkas made the comments during a speech given virtually Wednesday at the Billington Cybersecurity Summit.

Additional regulations will boost cybersecurity in the aviation industry, Mayorkas said. “Critical” US airport and passenger aircraft operators, along with all

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