05 May 2017

Call for Development Group Members for Rail Cyber Security Standard

RISSB AS 7770 Rail Cyber Security

Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB) is seeking nominations from people to join a RISSB development group to draft AS 7770 Rail Cyber Security.


RISSB is developing a standard for Rail Cyber Security covering rail-related operational technology in areas such as personnel interfaces, infrastructure, rolling stock, train control systems and safety systems all with a focus of national applicability.

This project will provide support to the rail industry in relation to cyber threat that could impact on the operational systems and communications of the Australian Rail Network.

Rail cyber threats have the potential to result in any of the following:

  • Threats to safety
  • Disruption to network operations
  • Economic loss to operators, suppliers and the wider Australian community
  • Reputational damage to rail organisations and government
  • Loss of commercial and sensitive information
  • Criminal damage


Rail Cyber Security Standard is to cover all elements of operational systems/technology that are at risk to cyber breaches or attacks impacting on the safe operation of the rail network.

This includes:

  • Protecting infrastructure and rolling-stock systems
  • Train Control Systems protection
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Principles for effective cyber security
  • Concepts for effective cyber security
  • Designing in security
  • Design
  • Protecting against attacks on new and current systems
  • General guidance applicable to all systems
  • Other issues to consider
  • Competence and compliance
  • Customer and Passenger Control
  • Handling threats and incidents
  • A rise in threat level or unexpected attack
  • Contingency in the event of a cyber attack
  • Clear up and recovery


How to Contribute

Stakeholders and interested parties are invited to submit nominations for subject matter experts to join the Development Group to contribute to the overall depth and quality of the document.

DG membership is voluntary and requires the support of your employer organisation to attend and contribute. Attendance can be via teleconferencing, with attendance at around five (5) meetings over the development of the standard.

Further information on the responsibilities of a Development Group member can be obtained from the RISSB website. Development Group documentation will also be sent out to all nominees.

All nominations and enquiries are to be submitted by emailing revans@rissb.com.au

As part of your nomination, could you please provide a short brief detailing your contact details, your interest in this development (materially affected party, subject matter expert, etc.), and any other information which might support your participation. Your information will assist us in ensuring a balanced representation from all major interest categories in this Standard’s development.

Closing date for nominations 26 May 2017.