The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has started the work needed to enable consideration of a temporary and targeted waiver of the Jones Act, after the cyber attack reported last week on the Colonial Pipeline, the largest pipeline system for refined oil products in the US.
USCG published a guidance, calling for Safety Management Systems required under the ISM Code to address cyber risks. The guidance regards the USCG commercial vessel compliance program’s approach to assessing the cyber risk on vessels to ensure vessels do not pose a risk to the Marine Transportation System (MTS) due to a cyber event.
The COVID-19 pandemic made people realize the severity and the power of technology, as well as how easy it is for a cyber-attack to happen; The pandemic led to a digitally connected world, with more and more people working from home, discovering what cyber risks are and how they can protect themselves and the organization they are working for.
Cyber incidents and risks are a never-ending challenge for the shipping industry that is sailing towards a more digitalized future, with connectivity and data exchange. Compliance has been the talk of the town, but many seem to forget that the right measures in place and a consistent check of the company’s cyber state equally play a crucial role on building a strong cyber secure image.