The week just passed has been one of great achievement with the successful staging of our Rail Cyber Security Conference and the official launch of RISSB's Horizons Program.
RISSB’s Rail Cyber Security Conference is becoming one of the foremost conferences on rail cyber risk mitigation and cyber security technologies. The response to our call-for-papers indicated that the topic of rail cyber security is becoming more popular every year. I know that there is interest in industry. Earlier this year, we launched the world’s first Rail Cyber Security Standard and later this year we will
release the Australian Rail Network Cyber Security Strategy.
Like last year, the conference provided an excellent forum for exchanging information and promoting discussion on a wide variety of rail cyber security topics, as well as representing the latest developments and future trends. It also offered unparalleled networking opportunities; something our conference dinner guests can certainly attest to. The exotic surrounds of the Queensland Museum proved a hit with our conference attendees. More than 40 people attended the dinner, which featured the unique pre-dinner entertainment of guests wandering through the museum’s Lost Creatures exhibition before sitting down to enjoy a two-course meal.
In addition to hosting the Rail Cyber Security Conference in
Brisbane, we held the Horizons Program which was extremely well-received. Forty-six program participants and 19 presenters, including CEOs and other industry thought leaders, engaged in powerful conversations about the future of the rail industry and how to adopt a strategic mindset. The world is complex, and the challenges faced by the next generation of industry leaders is daunting. With so many challenges facing up and coming young professionals, I'm glad that the rail industry has been extremely supportive of this ground-breaking initiative.
On a final note, I would like to express my thanks to everyone who worked tirelessly behind the scenes and for their outstanding contributions over the past week (with a special thanks to Laing O’Rourke who kindly provided the function space for the Horizons Program!).
Developing and running two successful initiatives in the one week is no mean feat, especially with the quantum of work that RISSB is currently delivering. The success of both events is testament to great team effort.
Until next month.
Paul Daly RISSB CEO
Horizons Program Kicks Off
A star-studded array including six CEOs, an Order of Australia recipient, a partner, a Chief Commissioner, and a Director presented to the first Horizons Program forum in Brisbane on the 13th and 14th September 2018.
In Brisbane, participants got together for the first time to hear about new technologies and innovation, the challenges and opportunities facing rail and, through a personality testing tool, about themselves.
With 48 participants from 30 rail organisations, the Horizons Program really has the potential to influence the future direction of the rail industry.
RISSB's Rail Cyber Security Conference Wrap Up
11-12 September 2018
Last week RISSB played host to more than 70 international and local delegates (including speakers) at its annual Rail Cyber Security Conference.
Over the course of two days, delegates enjoyed 15 presentations, participated in three critical break-out sessions and attended a dinner event at a stand-out venue. Issues such as the convergence of IT and OT, cryptography, wetware and new rail technology were raised and discussed, not only for the benefit of the rail industry in Australia, but for the broader transport sector.
Day one wrapped up with a dinner with a difference. Held at the Queensland Museum, attendees stepped back in time and were treated to an exclusive after-hours tour of the
Lost Creatures exhibition before sitting down to enjoy a two-course meal.
Highlights from the two-day event included presentations on:
The role of law enforcement in investigating and preventing cyber crime: Looking at case studies to share lessons from industry presented by Detective Senior Constable Graeme Edwards from Queensland Police Service’s Fraud and Cyber Security Team
Supply chain risks in critical infrastructure presented by Pablo Carpay, First Assistant Secretary, Critical Infrastructure Security from the Department of Home Affairs
Industry driven outcomes: Rail’s role in partnering for a cyber secure Australia by Rachael Falk, CEO,
Australian Cyber Security Research Centre
Cyber security issues for future intelligent transport systems by Dr Ernest Foo, Senior Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Myths and monsters: Raising awareness of cryptography in the design and operation of safety-critical rail systems by Dr Phil Cook, Principal Systems Engineer, RGB Assurance
Crowd favourite, Steve Sammartino, also returned to the stage with an entertaining presentation focused on how technological advances will enhance our lives.
Thank you to everyone who joined RISSB in Brisbane last Tuesday and Wednesday for an informative and thoroughly enjoyable conference.
The Life of a SPAD
A symposium focused on a range of SPAD issues will be held in Sydney next month. Speakers will present on SPAD initiatives and current SPAD research and technology that can assist in reducing the occurrences of SPADS.
Date: Tuesday, 30 October 2018 Time: 8.30 am – 4.00 pm Location: Dialogue, Sydney Trains, 477 Pitt Street, Sydney
For more information, please contact Phil Allan via email email@example.com or on mobile 0401 120 978.
AS 7479Collision Avoidance and Proximity Warning on Track Maintenance Vehicles including Road Rail Vehicles
The call is out for members of a Development Group to work on a Standard relating to collision avoidance and proximity warning on track vehicles. Nominations close tomorrow.
Network and Operations Performance Guideline
The call is out for members of a Development Group to work on a Guideline relating to network and operations performance.
If you are interested in participating in this Development Group, please email Dan McKell. Nominations close on Friday, 28 September 2018.
Why You Should Participate in a Development Group
If you participate in a Development Group, you can claim CPD hours. This applies to Development Groups for all RISSB products – Standards, Codes of Practice and Guidelines. You will be provided with a certificate of your involvement which will include the number of CPD hours. If you are a member of Engineers Australia you can enter these hours into your CPD log. If you are not a member of Engineers Australia you can start to accumulate your hours for when you want to become Chartered or be registered on the National Engineering Register
As a member of a Development Group, your CPD hours will fit into either of two types – Type II which covers technical meetings and Type V which is for services to the engineering profession. The type and allocation of hours will depend on your Development Group. The initiative also recognises the contribution you are making to the rail industry through your involvement in Development Groups. This recognition through CPD hours reflects RISSB’s thanks for your time and the effort you put into making these critical documents available to the rail industry. RISSB thanks you for your expert input and looks forward to your ongoing advice.
For a full list of Development Group opportunities, visit our Communiques page.
RISSB Visits CQU
RISSB took advantage of another opportunity to influence young rail professionals last week.
In a guest lecture to CQU engineering students, invited industry speaker and full-time RISSB Standards Development Manager - Rolling Stock, Andrew Hardiman, shared how, as an accredited Standards Development Organisation, RISSB creates Australian Standards for the rail industry.
RISSB New Appointments
RISSB has appointed Dan McKell to the position of Standards Development Manager - Operations and Train Control.
Dan has worked in the rail industry for nearly 30 years. He has a wide and varied background, starting in operations and train control with Queensland Rail for 17 years, before moving into his own company (OLS) working with organisations around Australia. Dan then moved into a training leadership role with Australian Railroad Group before moving to Calibre in a consultancy role. During his time in Calibre, Dan had the privilege to work on the world’s first heavy haul autonomous train project for three and a half years, leading the site team in the Pilbara. Prior to joining RISSB, Dan had a short stint with Aurizon working in project implementation.
Leading RISSB’s Operations and Train Control portfolio, Dan is looking forward to contributing to
the improvement and harmonisation of the rail industry around Australia and New Zealand.
Say Hello to More Horizons Participants
Every fortnight, we'll be introducing you to three Horizons Program participants from across Australia. This week say hello to Ronan McInerney, Elly Greene and Ben Cribb.
My name is Ronan McInerney and I’m Metro Trains’ HMI (‘Human Machine Interface’) Specialist.
What is that, you ask? If you’ve ever been frustrated by a poorly designed website, app or software, then understanding my job is easy: my goal is to do the opposite of that for operational or safety-critical software at Metro.
I joined the Horizons Program as I liked the idea of a group of young professionals contributing their creativity and ideas to improving safety in the rail industry.
Outside of work, I’m developing my first app and writing a book series on User Experience (UX).
I'm Elly Greene, a Systems Engineer working at Knorr-Bremse in Sydney.
My main job is the creation and rollout of new processes for requirements management and software development for HVAC projects. I also develop in-house toolsets and automation as needed by the organisation.
I joined the Horizons Program because it seemed like an interesting challenge and a way for me to potentially make a difference in the industry.
Outside of work, my life is dedicated to playing AFL for the Newtown Breakaways.
My name is Ben Cribb, I’m the Operations Manager for Genesee & Wyoming in Newcastle.
My role is to manage 140 locomotive drivers and provide an efficient and safe operation to our customers in the Hunter Valley coal chain.
I joined the Horizons program to develop my understanding of the Rail Industry’s future plans and hopefully provide some input through my past experiences.
I enjoy playing golf, fishing and spending time with my wife and two sons.