Westermo Network Technologies and Eviden Forge Strategic Partnership to Enhance Railway System Security

by Anna

In a strategic move to bolster the security of critical data communication in railway systems, Westermo Network Technologies and Eviden have announced a collaborative partnership. The initiative aims to develop cutting-edge security solutions utilizing crypto-agile operational technology and IoT devices.

Westermo’s latest generation of Ethernet switches takes center stage in this collaboration, offering robust hardware support designed to safeguard critical data. This hardware support enables the secure exchange of sensitive information through end-to-end encryption, particularly vital in highly interconnected systems where data security is paramount. These solutions are specifically designed to adapt swiftly to evolving cyber threats, offering a robust defense mechanism and safeguarding the investments of critical infrastructure operators.


The partnership’s maiden project, set to commence in Germany, will see Westermo and Eviden jointly developing crypto-agile switch technology. Managed industrial gigabit Ethernet switches from Westermo’s Lynx 3510 series will be outfitted with pluggable hardware security modules (HSM) from Eviden. Further enhancing security, specially designed crypto software will be installed on micro-SD memory cards, adding an additional layer of protection to the switches. This proactive approach not only ensures immediate security enhancement but also primes the switches for emerging cyber threat scenarios. Rail industry certification for this pioneering product is anticipated to be achieved by the conclusion of 2023.


Thomas Riechmann, Vice President COO Cybersecurity Services at Eviden, emphasized the significance of this collaboration: “The IIoT market is an exciting sector with huge economic potential. At the same time, the security risk here is very high due to multiple attack vectors in the communication between devices, companies, and the cloud. For this reason, we are delighted to partner with Westermo, contributing our cybersecurity expertise and comprehensive security portfolio, to enable end-to-end security for critical data communications.”


Jenny Sjödahl, CEO of Westermo, acknowledged the impending security challenges facing critical infrastructure operators and highlighted their commitment to long-term network security: “Growing cyber threats and regulatory requirements will pose increasing security challenges for critical infrastructure operators in the coming years. As a trusted provider of industrial data communication solutions, we are committed to ensuring that our customers’ networks remain secure and can be operated over the long term. By partnering with Eviden, we can provide crypto-agile solutions that will help our rail customers safeguard their mission-critical communications in both the short and long term.”


This strategic partnership between Westermo Network Technologies and Eviden underscores the industry’s collective resolve to fortify the security of vital railway systems, ensuring the safe and uninterrupted flow of critical data for years to come.

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