While the growing use of connected technology in the maritime is expected to be a positive for both safety and claims, technology also means cyber risk is a big concern for shipping. As more and more systems require connectivity with the shore, so vessels become more vulnerable to a cyber-attack, says Captain Rahul Khanna from Allianz.
In collaboration with Secure State Cyber, the Shipowners Club identifies common cyber risks on board and what actions operators can take to protect their vessels. Namely, a series of FAQs focuses on passenger ships and the cyber risks regarding on board Wi-Fi and passenger devices.
The Port of Amsterdam acquires a cyber security program in order to keep companies and entrepreneurs in the North Sea Canal Area informed of possible cyber attacks. The Port updates its cyber security program, following the online publicity campaign being conducted by the Government of the Netherlands to call on people to better protect themselves against internet crime.
In June’s edition of Phish and Ships, John Donald, Cyber Adviser at AXIS Capital, compares two different forms of attack; The ‘physical’ one, coming from a military point of view; The ‘digital’ one, meaning cyber attack. He highlights why the cyber attacker has an advantage when attacking and the industry’s vulnerabilities to attacks.
In its June edition of Phish and Ships, Be Cyber Aware at Sea focuses on the matter of ‘What is Big Data’ and how it is vulnerable to cyber attacks. Generally, big data is a large amount of data that is almost impossible to store and process by normal means. According to Phish and Ships, the shipping industry is said to generate 100-120 million data points daily, including information gathered from ports and vessels.
In its latest edition of Phish and Ships, Be Cyber Aware at Sea presents Professor Keith Martin, from Royal Holloway, University of London who supports that ‘Cyber security needs both a ʻbottom upʼ and ʻtop downʼ approach.’ Specifically, the bottom-up approach reflects the common thinking that the personnel presents the greatest risk to cyber security.
In June’s edition of Phish and Ships, Be Cyber Aware at Sea informs that Aon and HudsonCyber collaborate to provide enterprise-level cyber security capability assessment, integrated cyber breach response, and mitigation support to the global marine industry.
DNV GL signed a contract with Stena Drilling for the First Cyber Secure class notation. The contract covers the application of the ‘Basic+’ notation to the drillship Stena IceMAX and includes the vessel’s dynamic positioning, drilling, and blowout prevention systems. It will be integrated with Stena Drilling’s own safety management systems.
ClassNK Classification Society, announced the launch of its released Guidelines for Software Security which target software developers, system integrators, and more. These Guidelines are the third and latest part of the Class’ guidelines, focusing on risk management, concerning the software used onboard vessels.
The US Coast Guard issued a safety bulletin informing the maritime industry of recent email phishing attempts that targeted commercial vessels. Additionally, USCG has received reports of malicious software designed to disrupt shipboard computer systems.
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