Cyber security for our strategic road network
21 Jul 2023
As our strategic road network becomes increasingly reliant on digital connectivity for its operations, cyber security becomes ever more critical to ensure the safety and efficiency of our transport infrastructure.
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What is cyber security and why is it important?
Cyber security is about safeguarding our computer systems, networks and operational technology from unwanted disclosure of information, theft or damage to the hardware, software, or electronic data. As we use technology to control our strategic road network, we must also acknowledge the cyber risks that accompany it. Our supply chains are vital to our operations, and the demand for robust cyber security procedures within this network is critical. This article outlines some key cyber security messages to help ensure everyone returns home safe and well.
Our strategic road network incorporates an array of digital systems, from traffic management to communication channels, technology is deeply embedded in our operations. While these systems improve efficiency and safety, they can also be susceptible to cyber threats if not adequately defended. A cyber incident could disrupt operations, endangering the safety and wellbeing of those who travel or work on our roads.
What types of cyber threats do we face?
Cyber threats appear in many forms, each with the potential to disrupt and damage our network. Phishing is one of the most common forms of attack that target individuals. There are several different types of phishing, the most common type carried out via email. This is when someone sends you an email pretending to be someone else (such as your bank) to trick you into giving them your personal information which could be sold online, used to commit identity fraud or even impersonate you at work.
Phishing emails could also include a malicious link or file, that when clicked will install malware that can infect your computer and cause problems. Ransomware is a type of malware that can lock your computer and files, followed by a demand for money to unlock them.
These threats can have severe repercussions on the organisation as well, including operational downtime, data loss, damage to our reputation, and financial penalties. Understanding these risks is the initial step in protecting against them.
Cyber security best practices
In keeping with our 'Home Safe and Well' principle, we urge everyone within our supply chain to adopt the following best practices:
- Use passwords that are unique and avoid commonly used words.
- Keep your devices up to date with the latest software version. Your devices will usually prompt you when there is an update available. These updates often come with fixes that keep hackers at bay.
- Beware of Phishing Scams: Be careful when you're clicking on links or downloading files – if you're not sure where they came from, it's best to avoid them.
- If you work with data, it is important to ensure this is backed up and can be restored if there is a problem.
- If you spot anything unusual, report this to your people manager.
We are committed to the cyber security of our strategic road network, implementing a variety of measures to safeguard our systems, technology, and data. However cyber security is a collective responsibility, and every member of our supply chain plays a vital role in ensuring our network's resilience.
Cyber security is not merely about safeguarding systems and data; it's about guaranteeing the safety and wellbeing of everyone associated with our strategic road network.
Get in touch
We would like you to share your thoughts, experiences, and best practices related to cyber security. You can reach us by email firstname.lastname@example.org. This feedback will help us improve our cyber security posture as we strive to ensure everyone returns home safe and sound.