The era of digitalization and rapid development of technologies has called for immediate action, which led the IMO to issue and implement a series of regulations and guidelines on cyber risk management, with, last but not least, the adoption of the Resolution MSC.428(98), which calls companies to report any cyber risk in their ISM Code no later than January 1, 2021.
In light of October being the ‘cyber security awareness month’, the shipping industry is experiencing various developments in all of its sectors as automation and digitalization play a crucial role in today’s marine industry and in vessels’ operation. Yet, cyber attacks are becoming more concerning and for this reason the industry must invest more in improving its cyber resilience and security.
IACS recently issued a report supplementing the UR E22 on digital data assurance of Category I, II and III computer based system onboard, STS and ships to shore systems. Data Assurance may be intended as the activity for enforcing the security of data generated in computer based systems onboard.
IACS issued a recommendation report citing broad guidelines on ship board network architecture. The recommendation broadly covers various aspects from design to installation phases which should be addressed by the Supplier, system integrator and yard.
Following the cyber attack that hit the Port of San Diego on 25 September, the US Coast Guard Office of Port and Facility Compliance drew attention to a joint FBI and DHS announcement on ways to prevent malicious cyber activity arising from the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP).
The UK National Cyber Security Centre has issued an industry cyber security guidance, outlining a multi-layered approach that can improve resilience against phishing, whilst minimising disruption to user productivity. Typical defences against phishing are reliant on users’ abilities to detect phishing emails.
The short film by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology provides an insight into the world of IoT and discusses key cyber security concerns around it, as well as ways to secure our lives into this digital future. IoT is considered as one of the key digital trends to bring a positive disruption in shipping over the next years.
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