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Addressing cyber risks on passenger vessels

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.

New cyber security campaign launched

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.

Good cyber hygiene organisations are the most protected ones

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.

Big data and their hidden threats to shipping industry

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.

Shipping industry should adapt a multifaceted approach to cyber security

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.

First Cyber Secure class notation by DNV GL and Stena Drilling signed

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 releases Guidelines for Software Security

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.

USCG warns of cyber adversaries targeting commercial 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.

How to establish a system operation security

The lack or even absence of a system operation security policies can result to cyber crimes. When an unnecessary or vulnerable service is activated there is a possibility that it could be detected through network scanning and an unauthorized access or malicious code distribution will be exploited to hack the service.


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