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.
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.
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.
Be Cyber Aware at Sea focused on the importance of knowing what lies inside a USB device, highlighting that although it may seem small, there’s a high possibility of hiding major dangers that could easily affect a vessel’s operation. Avoid the use of USB sticks unless absolutely necessary and only use them where they have been firstly checked for a virus.
The Global Maritime Issues Monitor 2018 sheds lights on digitalization and new technologies. New digital technologies are challenging conventional business models and are opening up new opportunities, however with increasing digitalization the cyber-risk becomes bigger as well. The possible impact of cyber crimes and data theft is significant to the maritime industry, as experts include it in the top three ‘most likely to happen in the next 10 years’.
ABS launches the FCI Cyber Risk Model that enables the maritime cyber security risk to be more accurately measured. This methodology was developed by ABS Advanced Solutions. With the FCI Risk Model, one can measure and quantify risks based on critical functions, interconnections and identities that access those critical functions through digital connections.
Inmarsat’s SpaceBytes published a video focusing on Cyber Security. Inmarsat’s Analyst James Weston who has an insight in cyber crimes comments that the front line of a cyber attack is behind a screen not on the street; you can’t see when or where it’s coming from.
Eurasia Group issued its annual forecast of the top political risks that are most likely to arise this year, listing cyber threat at the third place. Cyber threat in business, including shipping, has gained increased attention as an issue in the past year.
Professor Kevin James, Executive Dean Of Science and Engineering in Plymouth University conducts a survey about cyber attacks in maritime industry. Cyber attacks are of a great risk both for the maritime industry and for mariners. Cyber attack can cause many problems such as breaking something to the point it could go wrong and finally be mitigated. The most insidious cyber attacks can cause something serious to happen.
During an interview, A.P. Moller-Maersk’s CEO Soren Skou, talked about digitalization. Mr. Skou explained what measures Maersk has taken in order to improve its cyber security after the recent cyber attack, and highlighted the importance of digitalizing container shipping, in order to make it simpler.
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