One real challenge for rail security is when its information technology systems are connected to its operational technology systems, such as when computer networks operate railroad industrial control systems.
TSA has always been a forward-looking federal security agency, partly because it must keep ahead of what bad actors out there might try to do to defeat the multi-layered aviation security defenses which have grown up since 9/11.
TSA has developed a capable and highly flexible response to COVID-19 and it also recently received some help from Congress to ensure its staff and travelers are protected.
If there’s a silver lining in the dark cloud created by this global pandemic, it’s that such extremely low screening numbers present a perfect opportunity for TSA to really look at how it’s training its people and to change the ways in which it does so.
Keeping air transportation safe and secure is crucial. But how do we protect airports, airlines and all the activities they perform in the face of a global pandemic?