The release of a recent report from the Department for Culture Media and Sport entitled Cyber Security Breaches 2017, has identified that whilst many companies do now understand the dangers that cyber attacks present to their services, company infrastructures and corporate reputations and have taken steps to put in place at least basic protections, a sizable proportion still have no plan in place to deal with an attack.
Since six in ten companies who were able to identify that they had experienced an attack (many companies and organisations will be unaware that their networks have already been compromised) admitted that those attacks had “adversely impacted” their organisations, it is surprising to see such a high percentage still not taking the threat seriously.
Alex Cowan, CEO of transport cybersecurity firm, RazorSecure explained just how easy it would be for hackers and cyber criminals to take advantage of any company without protection software and policies in place;
"This report shows the need to continue to raise awareness. Even with all of the discussion around Cyber Essentials only 8% of businesses are aware of it. With GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) looming and security issues on the rise, it is vital that companies make cyber security a priority today."
Cyber attacks in the transport industry have the potential to put passenger safety at risk and hence the importance of being able to detect and neutralise any kind of unusual network behaviour is crucial to the security of rail and aeroplane users.
Reputational and financial risks are real for transport companies as shown by the recent ransomware attack on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency which disabled its ticketing machines and forced the company to allow customers to travel for free over an entire weekend.