The second edition of “The Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships” has been released, including information on insurance issues and how to effectively segregate networks, as well as practical advice on managing the ship to shore interface, and how to handle cyber security during port calls and when communicating with the shore side.
In its monthly official newsletter ‘Phish & Ships’, sponsored by CSO Alliance Maritime, Be Cyber Aware at Sea campaign focuses on “Petya” cyber attack that recently affected the shipping sector. The incident made clear that finally shipping will be forced to face the fact that attacks are not only probable, but that they are real, and the industry is vulnerable to them.
IContainers has warned that the ocean freight industries are insufficiently prepared for cyber attacks. According to the company, last week’s ransomware attack on Maersk should serve as a warning of the increasing vulnerabilities of the industry, as it moves towards automation and digitalization.
In view of the sudden spread of a new ransomware variant, that affected maritime owners and operators, forcing them to shutter operations, ABS suggests that such cases illustrate what can happen to systems, when technology use outruns system understanding.
On the occasion of the intentional attack which affected port facilities, the US Coast Guard stresses that the outcomes are a reminder of the importance of cyber risk management in the Marine Transportation System globally. USCG is monitoring the consequences of recent ransom attacks that have impacted cargo movement through several US ports.
As the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee, held last week, has confirmed that cyber risks should be managed under the ISM Code, the North of England P&I Club urges operators to act without delay, to ensure that cyber risks are addressed in their safety management systems, in order to identify vulnerabilities and to achieve safeguard against these risks.
The International Unit of Marine Insurance announced that it supports the efforts of the IMO, classification societies and shipowner associations to understand, assess and mitigate the risk of cyber threats, in order to make them more transparent and understandable to operators.
According to the report, cyber, autonomous shipping and piracy risks are the current major concerns for the industry as economic pressures challenge budgets. 85 large ships lost worldwide in 2016, down 50% over a decade. Top losses were reported in South China and Southeast Asia and now East Mediterranean region is considered as the top incident hotspot.
North P&I Club has become the new member of CSO Alliance’s global information and reporting platform for digital attacks, a collaboration between industry leaders, including BIMCO, DNV GL and the Marshall Islands Registry, to combat cyber criminals.
Sally-Ann Underhill, Philip Thomas & Tom Summers from ReedSmith urge caution against email scam which has become a frequent incident nowadays. They refer to a recent case in which an email sent by scammers posing as law firm, was circulated amongst all interested parties and they recommend reasonable steps to protect owners, charters and ships from cyber risks.
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