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Three key cyber-security terms explained

Cyber security, and especially cyber threats, are becoming more and important for the shipping industry, which gets affected as well. In order to help understand some of the basic terminology of cyber-security, the Korean Register of Shipping presents three key cyber terms. The terms are: SSL (Secure Sockets Layer); Man in the middle attack (MITM); and Sandbox.

Cyber-securing the web requires a fresh start

Looking for regulations to invest in cybersecurity requires a fresh start, keeping in mind that the digital world is developing everyday, while guidelines and rules can not keep up and adapt to a changing environment. The best way to achieve future cybersecurity is scrapping the web of today and start over by baking protections into the new version, according to the top security official at the Maritime Administration, Cameron Naron.

New partnership aims to boost cybersecurity in shipping

Aon PLC, a services firm providing cybersecurity solutions, is partnering with HudsonCyber, a division of HudsonAnalytix, Inc. of Camden, New Jersey, to provide cybersecurity capability assessment, integrated cyber breach response, and mitigation support to the global marine industry.

How a clean desk can reduce cyber risk incidents

55% of all theft at work takes place within the victim’s work area. A clean desk area can reduce the risks of unauthorised access, loss of and damage to information during and outside normal working hours. The clean desk and clear screen policy regard practices that ensure sensitive information are protected. In addition, a clear screen policy directs all employees to lock their computers when leaving their desk and log off when leaving for a long period of time.

Watch: Before clicking a phishy email, think

In light of the dangers hiding in the Internet, Be Cyber Aware at Sea gives an insight on cyber attackers who aim to ‘steal’ private or sensitive information from the users. Pop-ups, emails and websites are commonly known for asking sensitive information.

Watch: Whaling is a common attack threatening the shipping industry

Be Cyber Aware at Sea alerts seafarers that cyber criminals are targeting the ‘Big Phish’ in maritime companies. The attack is commonly known as ‘Whaling’. Today, even senior executives and officers are targets. Although the email is a secure means of communication, it is important for email users to keep an alert eye when emails are asking for more private information, such as downloading data or payment information.

Watch: Why having a simple password is a threat

Keeping in mind that surfing the Internet has many more threats than one thinks, Be Cyber Aware at Sea proposes that Internet users should better keep their passwords long and strong. The simple passwords are vulnerable to cyber attacks. They can be easily unlocked.

Watch: Surfing the Internet could lead to blackmail

Be Cyber Aware at Sea alerts seafarers that internet surfing hides many threats and dangers. Websites are able to collect data; Thus, internet users should be careful where they browse and avoid using the same password. Therefore, Be Cyber Aware at Sea recommends to not enter a website that seem untrustworthy. 

Port of Los Angeles and partners to fight cyber threats

Port of Los Angeles convened a conducted a working group consisting of maritime stakeholders to discuss the creation of a cyber-resilience industry, boosting cooperation and helping manage cyber security threats. The centre will be a collaborative effort to fight cyber threats across many companies within the port complex.

Shipping industry is slowly coping with changes in cyber attacks

In the latest issue of Phish and Ships in May, Be Cyber Aware At Sea, focused on cyber crime that seems to be getting more dangerous and is now becoming a highly automated business that attacks the most vulnerable part of an organisation. Although the shipping industry is being more aware of cyber attacks, it seems to be slower in coping with it.

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