John Boss Consulting B.V.


About John Boss Consulting B.V.

2020 marks Nine years of successfully delivering assignments for John Boss Consulting B.V. 

Cyber security, Project definition, procurement and delivery are strong themes across many of the assignments.  

The assignments have been interesting, challenging and diverse. Highlights include:

The best of all: the assignments have all been worth while - no reports that just clutter up the shelf but tangible results on the ground. Clients are happy - they come back.

Signalling and Cyber Security

Ongoing digitalisation in the railway industry is leading to an increase in both the attack surface as well as the potential impact of attacks. The cyber security challenges for railways are complicated by the use of OT (Operational Technology) and the need for systems safety. Applying IT standards to OT leaves holes. Explaining how railways (and safety cases) work to IT people is problematic at best. Cyber security within the railway OT environment needs first an understanding of the railway.

John understands railways. He graduated (cum laude) for a master’s degree in Cyber Security in a programme jointly run by Leiden University and Technical University Delft. His final year research project was on the subject of “Railway Signalling and Cyber Security”. The research project examined an application of cyber security for OT, and railway signalling. The project included reviewing NIST, IEC 62443-x-x, ISO 2700x standards, conducting risk analysis, developing a reference security architecture and evaluating application of relevant laws and directives to define a workable application of cyber security within signalling disciplines and railway OT environment.

The essence was approaching cyber security from the perspective of railway OT.


About John

John Boss has over 35 years professional experience in developing, delivering, evaluating and rescuing technology projects. He has extensive experience with contract development & management, PPPs, ERTMS, Systems integration, project delivery, railway engineering, asset management, safety systems, procurement, risk management and transportation. He has broad international experience having worked on projects in Denmark, the Netherlands, The Philippines, Hong Kong, Portugal, Ireland, England, Kuwait, United States, Israel, New Zealand and Australia.

John has a BE (Elec), MBA and MSc(Cyber Security). He is a Fellow of the Institution Railway Signalling Engineers -  the railway engineer that does cyber security.

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