TSA Renews Rail Security Directives

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on Oct. 23 reported renewing and updating three security directives on passenger and freight railroad cybersecurity.

Duos Technologies is a Jacksonville, Fla.-based supplier of automated railcar inspection portals (pictured) and artificial intelligence (AI) detection models. (Photograph Courtesy of Duos Technologies)

Supply Side: Duos, SecurityScorecard

Duos Technologies debuts “Head of Cushioning Unit Condition” monitoring for its Railcar Inspector Portal (rip®). Also, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) awards a contract for SecurityScorecard subscriptions that will enable rail and pipeline owner/operators to monitor and assess cybersecurity.

"TSA should clearly articulate any problem with cyber risk it believes exists prior to resorting to regulation," AAR and ASLRRA wrote to the agency on Feb. 1.

AAR, ASLRRA to TSA: CRM Regulations ‘Not Necessary’

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) and the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) “believe regulation is not required, particularly considering the extensive efforts of the industry to mitigate risk, and the ongoing implementation of Security Directives (SDs) by industry,” the two associations wrote to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on Feb. 1 as part of their submitted comments concerning the agency’s advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) focused on cyber risk management (CRM) in the pipeline and rail sectors.

TSA Eyes Cybersecurity Rulemaking

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is seeking input on ways to strengthen cybersecurity and resiliency in the pipeline and rail freight, passenger and transit sectors.

WTS-LA award winners Dina Aryan-Zahlan (left) and Tony Gioiello of the Port of Los Angeles.
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People News: WTS-LA, TSA

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) and officials from the Port of Los Angeles were honored at the annual WTS-LA Scholarship and Awards dinner. Also, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has appointed 25 voting members to serve on the Surface Transportation Security Advisory Committee (STSAC).

Federal Judge Halts Mask Mandate for Transportation, DOJ Appeals (UPDATED)

A Florida judge on April 18 struck down a federal mandate requiring mask use on public transportation and at transportation hubs. While railroads were deciding whether to keep the mandate in place until May 3 or make mask-wearing optional, the Department of Justice (DOJ) on April 20 filed an appeal. The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is weighing in.