Transport Layer Security (TLS) has become a standard component of the infrastructure of the UK, with the Transport Layer Protocol (TLP) and Transport Layer Protection (TPP) the most widely used protocols.
The Transport Layer Engineering Association (TLEA) says it has been looking at the security of the transport layer in the UK for many years.
In the past five years, the TLEA has been working with several UK Transport Layer Services providers and has produced a comprehensive report called Transport Layer security in the United Kingdom.
The TLEE report says that there are significant weaknesses in the current UK transport layer, which includes:The report said that there was a significant amount of uncertainty around the security architecture.
“The security of transport layer components is dependent on a number of factors including the transport provider’s level of confidence in their security, the level of protection provided to the transport service by the provider and the number of layers and transport layer providers available,” it said.
It added that the transport infrastructure should be considered a critical service, as there are “a number of critical infrastructure sectors that are vulnerable to the vulnerabilities”.
The TLP and TPP protocols, however, have become the default transport layer for the UK.
As such, it is important that these protocols are deployed in a way that is secure for the users, the Transport Secretary, Andy Slaughter, said in a statement on Monday.
“The report identifies three key areas where the UK needs to make significant improvements, as it relates to transport security.”
Firstly, we must ensure that all transport providers are able to deliver Transport Layer 1 (TL1) security in a manner that is both scalable and resilient to threats, as this ensures the delivery of reliable, high quality services.
“Secondly, the government should consider providing TLP 1 security across all transport layers in the country.
This will allow Transport Layer 2 (TL2) services to be deployed and deployed to scale to meet demand across all services.
Thirdly, Transport Layer 3 (TL3) should be deployed as an option to transport services across the whole of the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.”
The Transport Secretary also highlighted that the Government was working with the TLP, TPP and TLP Layer Security Association (TLSA) to develop a transport security strategy that would “enhance the capability of transport providers to deliver high quality, high availability, and interoperable transport services to their customers”.
“The government is also looking at ways to enable the transport industry to develop better solutions to security vulnerabilities that exist in transport services, and to provide services to those customers that require TLP security,” the statement added.
According to the Tlea report, there are more than 3,000 TLP layer services, with TLP service providers in the US, Canada and Australia.
Tlea is also considering setting up a partnership with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau to establish a TLP Security Advisory Board.
The Transport secretary added that he would be working with industry to explore ways to address the security issues, with a view to improving the resilience of the existing infrastructure.
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