Maritime Cyber Security Summit

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January 5, 2018

Human Element is Key to the Digital Formula

December 11, 2017

In all the excitement surrounding the digitalisation of shipping it is easy to overlook the human element. Failing to appreciate and understand properly how people – and by extension organisations – interface with new technology can lead to poor implementation and unnecessary exposure to risk. Technology has sometimes been described as an ecosystem. This analogy from the natural world is rather apt in a shipping environment struggling to adapt to…


After That Maersk Attack Another Major Shipping Services Group Suffers Cyber Crime

November 30, 2017

Just months after the Maersk group was hit by a cyber attack which cost it an estimated $300 million, integrated shipping services group, Clarksons which provides a vast portfolio of services across the industry, has announced that it was subject to a cyber security incident which involved unauthorised access to the company’s computer systems and data theft. As soon as it was discovered, Clarksons says it took immediate steps to respond to and manage…


Electronic shipping display systems are “simple” to disable, expert warns

November 28, 2017

A shipping cybersecurity expert has warned that many of the Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) that ships use are “simple” enough to disable, exposing the vessels to numerous operational risks. An ECDIS is a geographic information system used for maritime navigation. These systems display information from Electronic Navigational Charts, and combine it with other data gathered by sensors such as radar, depth sounders, automatic identification systems, and more….


Automated Ships – Questions Regarding Security Clearances

November 24, 2017

There are important questions that arise from the concept of autonomous ships. This is not to say that automation is wrong-headed, evil or negligent – but we need to put those questions out into the wider community so that as we work to realize certain benefits, we do not do so in a way that exposes the industry and the communities it supports at greater risk. The first aspect is…


Humans Bigger Cyber Security Risk than Unmanned Ships

November 22, 2017

A new industry survey highlights industry concern about the cyber security and legal uncertainty surrounding unmanned ships, but the human element associated with cyber security could be a greater concern, says the survey organizers. Almost two thirds of global marine industry executives believe there is uncertainty surrounding liability issues relating to unmanned ships should a vessel be involved in an incident as a result of a cyber-attack, according to the…


Cybersecurity risks weigh on shipping industry

November 21, 2017

Who is responsible when an unmanned vessel falls victim to a cyber-attack? What happens when an unmanned vessel causes a collision with other shipping? These are just two of the issues that global law firm Clyde & Co and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) asked 220 marine executives. The results show that there is confusion over liability and a fear that unmanned vessels pose a greater…


Cybersecurity: Eight Tenets to Consider

November 20, 2017

Cybersecurity risks to the nation’s critical infrastructure, now defined as 17 sectors including the transportation and maritime sector, are growing exponentially. The maritime sector is a cornerstone of national and economic security. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has stated  that “80 percent of global trade by volume and more than 70 per cent of its value being carried on board ships and handled by seaports worldwide,”…


Maritime Cyber Security: The Wrong Formula

November 16, 2017

For many industries, cyber security is about target hardening and perimeter defense. This makes sense, as cyber security is implemented in much the same way that physical security is implemented. We often think of it in terms of the medieval castle design, which translates to defense in depth in modern vernacular. The focus on defense in depth can be explained by a simple equation: Security = Hardened Target + Perimeter Defense…