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Alstom invests 7 million US dollars in Israeli railway cybersecurity company

Alstom completes a deal where the company invests 7 million US dollars in a cooperation with Cylus, an Israeli company specializing in railway cybersecurity. This deal allows the French company to acquire a small stake in Cylus and a seat in the board. Additionally, it seals a strategic cooperation agreement to build a partnership allowing to combine strengths and provide cybersecurity for the rail market.

This agreement allows both companies to join forces to equip the rail industry to tackle cybersecurity challenges. It will allow enhancement of current rail security systems and advance in the development of cybersecurity for mobility ensuring a rapid and strong response. The companies have established to integrate the cybersecurity technology into railway processes, components and solutions. “The expansion of connectivity, the Internet of Things and Big Data require new measures to protect transport systems,” explains Eddy Thésée, Vice President of Cybersecurity at Alstom.


Founded in 2017, Cylus is a company specializing in railway cybersecurity solutions. The company is based in Tel Aviv and has developed a product called CylusOne. The company ensures the technology works on the diversity and complexity of rail and metro environment. The product is designed to integrate into both mainline and urban networks. It is also compatible with communication-based train control (CBTC) and ETCS maximising performance, capacity and availability.

The technology in CylusOne uses machine learning for speeding up the detection of malware and malicious behaviour. It also employs artificial intelligence to determine the behaviour of the threat once identified and handles the response. The system detects cyber threats over signalling and control networks. Furthermore, it can also detect threats on communication networks, trackside and onboard systems.

The technology will first be implemented in the Tel Avivi’s metropolitan light rail system, which has a capacity of 2000,000 passengers a day. “The rail industry increasingly requires cybersecurity solutions for its particular needs,” says Amir Levintal, CEO of Cylus.” We are convinced that the partnership will drive the rail industry towards a cyber-safe future and help rail companies protect themselves against growing cyber threats.”

Author: Sarah Chebaro

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