You might have been living under a rock if you haven’t heard of the big names like Uber and Lyft that have deployed the recent technology and is raking in huge numbers with its online transportation services. Such mobility-as-a-service companies are the ones that are providing people with affordable and extremely convenient transportation alternatives. It would also include even the micro-mobility platforms that offer electric scooter services. A dynamic transportation marketplace has already taken over the past scenario, and it is expected to proliferate exponentially over the next decade to make revenues of about $1 trillion.

That doesn’t leave public transport behind in creating revenue, but the difference is that it offers a less convenient service without having the same level of technology that the MaaS companies have. In the next 20-30 years, the population is expected to grow by a billion and make the existing transportation facilities outdated. But the concept that would be relevant even in that age is public transportation. All such modes must meet the standards and current demands to function efficiently. The railways have already started adapting to the digital era by bringing on board the concepts of wireless, automated, and connected technologies. Let us have a closer look at the necessity of cybersecurity for the future of transportation.

Importance of Cybersecurity

By modernizing the existing systems, the people can benefit out of it. It also will have a good impact on the environment and economic climate of every country. The enhanced rail system will have the ability to maximize the economic productivity, and also bring the employees to work on time, alleviate the stress of bumper-to-bumper commutes, and provide a facility for the commuters to work when traveling with the Wi-Fi installed in the trains. By combining the MaaS systems and public transportation, commuters are at a great advantage of making their travel much easier without having to wait for their ride at any point of the trip. On its implementation, the electric scooters and cars would be running on the roads without the presence of private vehicles and the resultant smog.

But when this comes into action, the hackers could have a good time breaking into the system to create a harrowing experience. With the increasing number of trains and connections developed, hackers will find it easy to wreak havoc. This makes cybersecurity a key factor in the future of transportation. Several incidents of breaking the system have already happened over the past decade in the railways, but no injuries or casualties were reported. But that proves the capability of the hackers to continue with their crime. The dark web is the perfect space for these hackers to grow in proficiency. Different kinds of activities and sales are happening over the dark web, way beyond our imagination.


Customized cybersecurity solutions must be implemented in public transportation so that it tailors to the specific needs of every system. Many of the solutions being devised ignore the intricacies of individual transit systems. Every railway system needs to have an effective cybersecurity solution that produces real-time alerts and monitors every activity constantly. Continuous detection of possible threats should also be possible to overcome such issues by addressing them the right way. Even the operators who are not very familiar with the cybersecurity should be able to review alerts and take necessary steps in emergencies.