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Software development security important in shipping industry

A software development security is of a big importance for the shipping sector nowadays, as the cyber attacks and threats seem to be increasing and shipping companies are facing challenges on how to deal with cyber activity. Software development security is an activity to grow and operate secure software through a series of security activities that are carried out at each stage of software development by removing security weaknesses.

ABS gives solution to USCG’s call on port cyber security

ABS published its cyber security solution to help with regulated maritime facilities in complying with USCG guidance. The company’s services provide a solution for port and terminal facility operators that are responsible for maintaining USCG regulated Facility Security Plans (FSPs).

Confidential data theft becomes a major threat

David Jacoby, senior security researcher at Kaspersky, reported that data hacking is a major threat and this applies at both an individual and societal level. In light of cyber attacks, some companies have taken novel steps to try to thwart credential stuffing attacks against their users by obtaining the breached data themselves and cross referencing it against their own database.

MHI to become member of Charter of Trust for Cybersecurity

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries signed a letter of intent to enter the Charter of Trust for Cyber-security in Tokyo. The membership will be finalized by the end of September, 2019. As the 17th Charter partner, MHI will become the first Asian company to join the global cyber-security initiative. Initiated by Siemens, the Charter of Trust calls for binding rules and standards to build trust in cyber-security and boost digitalization.

Watch: ABS presents FCI Cyber Risk Model

ABS launches the FCI Cyber Risk Model that enables the maritime cyber security risk to be more accurately measured. This methodology was developed by ABS Advanced Solutions. With the FCI Risk Model, one can measure and quantify risks based on critical functions, interconnections and identities that access those critical functions through digital connections.

IMB to address bills of lading fraud

The International Maritime Bureau announced that it has launched a new initiative aiming to mitigate bills of lading fraud conducted by non-vessel owning common carriers (NVOCCs). The IMB NVOCC Register provides a business solution to a business problem impacting parties involved in international shipping and trade.

Maritime cyber security: A widening net

During the 2019 SMART4SEA Conference, Isidoros Monogioudis, Senior Security Architect, Digital Shadows, presented the current landscape surrounding maritime cyber threat. In his presentation, he divided the attack surface in two big areas: Threat to maritime vessels and threat to the wider sector.

USCG informs mariners how to react on cyber attacks

US Coast Guard published a Bulletin concerning a cyber incident that occurred on a commercial vessel. The paper aims to inform possible victims how to prevent cyber attacks and also provides additional information on who to inform if one is under attack. USCG’s National Response Centre (NRC) remains the primary contact for notifications concerning SAs and BoSs, including cyber.

Global shipping makes the connection on Cyber Security

The emerging risk associated with cyber threat requires not only better training for seafarers, but also spreading awareness of best cyber security practices, argued Peter Broadhurst, Senior VP of Safety and Security, Inmarsat Maritime, adding that there is still ‘a long way to go’ when it comes to effective cyber protection. 

Netherlands warn about fake websites

The Dutch National Port Security Reporting Point for security incidents recently warned against criminals who ‘spoof’ or ‘clone’ legitimate websites. This is the counterfeiting of websites or e-mail addresses for fraudulent activities. The criminals are mainly looking for money and possibly data from companies doing business in the port.


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