Israel's Cervello, France's Expandium join hands to reinforce railway system cybersecurity 

The strategic alliance is predicted to enable early identification of cyber threats, failures and malfunctions, thus ensuring safety, reliability and continuity of the systems

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Israeli railway cybersecurity company Cervello and French railway telecommunication monitoring solution company Expandium announced last week that they have established a strategic alliance to provide the rail industry with comprehensive cybersecurity alongside advanced predictive maintenance capabilities. The companies say that the joint offering will deliver unmatched visibility and control of railway telecom and signaling systems.

The agreement comes as the rail industry is becoming more and more connected. The massive shifts to digitized control systems, adoption of over-the-air technologies, and automated operations has resulted in higher availability and increased transport efficiency. At the same time, it continuously increases the gap of network vulnerabilities and cyber threats to railway operational environments, having today's telecom and signaling systems susceptible to ever-growing cyber risks, according to the companies. 

"As the market leader in rail communication network monitoring, we have a duty to provide solutions that are proof against malicious actions. We have identified Cervello as the key and game-changing cybersecurity player in the industry, able to optimally complement our successful monitoring solutions already deployed and trusted by most European railway operators and infrastructure managers," said Pierre Cassier, CEO of Expandium. "Together, we propose a combined state-of-the-art offering, ensuring the highest level of security and reliability of railway telecom and signaling networks, and empowering rail organizations to both upgrade their operations and at the same time safeguard against cyber threats." Expandium's solutions are said to be amongst over 100,000km of tracks in over 25 countries.

"We are excited to forge this strategic partnership with Expandium, as the responsibilities and security challenges faced by rail organizations today have never been greater, and while having the threat landscape evolves - so too must company toolkits," said Roie Onn, Co-Founder and CEO of Cervello.

"With Cervello's zero-trust technology for rail signaling authentication, customers are now able to spot any suspicious or threatening activity involving their telecom, signaling and rolling stock, whether coming from legitimate sources or not, and without relying on any type of security assumptions. This is a tremendous benefit that results in considerable value for the customers we serve. Together we are committed to safeguarding the railway industry, and are on a mission to ensure a safer, more reliable, and sustainable railway future."

Cervello says its platform blends zero-trust signaling authentication technology, nation-state grade threat intelligence and actionable response capabilities, enabling railways to perform with full visibility and control of their operational assets, system activity and mission-critical procedures. 

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