The UK Club urges operators to ensure that their payments/accounts departments are reminded of the need to exercise caution, to be vigilant and to double check any changes to existing payment instructions.
British shipbroker Clarkson Plc said it was the victim of a cybersecurity incident which involved unauthorised access to the company’s computer systems. The company has been working with the police and data security specialists, and has put in place additional security measures to prevent a similar incident happening in the future.
Ship security has a long way to go to catch up with the level of security expected in corporate networks. IT hardware is often old and not well maintained. As the shipping industry relies on speed and efficiency, an attack to the load planning system can cause serious problems.
During this year's Tripartite Shipbuilding Forum carbon emissions, which attracted more than 100 delegates, safety and cyber security were at the top of the agenda. The Forum took place in Nantong, China and was hosted by China Classification Society.
Over the last year, global business sector has reached a new and important turning point in the struggle to manage cyber risk. Marsh & McLennan Companies issued the 2018 edition of the MMC Cyber Risk Handbook, providing insights on the shifting cyber threat environment, emerging global regulatory trends, and best practices in the journey to cyber resiliency.
The ‘S. 2083 legislation’ would require the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish a model for assessing cybersecurity risk in the maritime sector, as well as guidelines for information sharing with the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.
In the latest issue of Phish&Ships maritime cyber security newsletter, Be Cyber Aware at Sea campaign draws attention to the rise of worrying security weaknesses affecting the industry, revealing that, in the past month, more attacks have been reported.
As navigation and propulsion systems on board ships and offshore units become increasingly dependent upon computer technology, the threat of cyber attack has emerged as a significant exposure. In a recent article, Standard Club outlines how standard P&I cover operates in respect of shipboard cyber risks.
When the malware struck on 27 June, the Maersk IT organisation was in the process of centralising control of the Group’s IT estate in Maidenhead. From the security of systems to upgrades and improvements, centralisation will lessen the likelihood of a similar attack happening again.