In line with an alarming trend of cyber attacks against ports in the last few years, the Port of Kennewick in Washington announced it suffered a digital ransomware attack in its systems. As informed, cyber criminals placed an extremely sophisticated encryption lock on the port’s server and demanded $200,000 in ransom to restore access to the port’s servers and files.
Cyber risks are a continuous challenge for the shipping industry, with the COVID-19 pandemic worsening the current risks. Yet, there are a number of steps that the industry can take to either mitigate the risks or be fully-protected from future, potential threats.
Dryad and cyber partners RedSkyAlliance monitor attempted attacks within the maritime sector. They examine how email is used to deceive the recipient and potentially expose the target organisations.
BIMCO, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and Witherby launched the latest edition of Cyber Security Workbook for On Board Ship Use 2021, providing detailed guidance on all aspects of cyber security protection.
On 27th October 2020, USCG issued a work instruction with guidance on implementation of IMO Resolution 428(98) and MSC-FAL.1/Circ 3. SQE Marine shares more information, explaining that this work instruction provides guidance regarding the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) commercial vessel compliance program’s approach to assessing the cyber risk on US flagged and foreign vessels to ensure they do not pose a risk to the Marine Transportation System due to a cyber event.
Red Sky Alliance performs weekly queries of backend databases, identifying all new data containing Motor Vessel (MV) and Motor Tanker (MT) in the subject line of malicious emails.
Cyber-attacks are calling the shipping industry to take crucial steps. Several attacks have been reported until now, with the most recent, the attack against the IMO. These incidents outline the importance to invest in cyber security as shipping accelerates its path towards digitalization.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced criminal charges against a conspiracy of Russian military intelligence officers who stand accused for the 2017 “Notpetya” malware attack.
The European Union Agency for cybersecurity (ENISA) published its 8th annual ENISA Threat Landscape (ETL) 2020 report, identifying and evaluating the top cyber threats for the period January 2019-April 2020.
The shipping industry is going with the flow and has entered digitalization; Yet, digitalization comes with challenges, one of which is the importance of being cyber secure. In this series, we will analyze the challenge of being secure in a world full of hackers and scammers and will share some tips on how to achieve cyber resilience.
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