During the 2019 SMART4SEA Conference, Robert Kenworthy, CEO of GTMaritme, discussed the statistics and trends of data that they see across the vessels using their services. Namely, he offered a unique insight into the data and emails that are being transferred and highlighted the various areas that this data can become vulnerable to Cyberattack. Concluding, he offered advice on how these can be mitigated as best practice.
The emerging risk associated with cyber threat requires not only better training for seafarers, but also spreading awareness of best cyber security practices, argued Peter Broadhurst, Senior VP of Safety and Security, Inmarsat Maritime, adding that there is still ‘a long way to go’ when it comes to effective cyber protection.
In 2018, more than half (52%) small businesses were attacked by cyber criminals. This is evident from the Cyber Security awareness survey of Alert Online among SMEs. Phishing and acquisition fraud are the most commonly used methods. And although the threat to small businesses is increasing, they are increasingly less concerned about their digital security.
At SMM, Mr. Tore Morten Olsen, President of Marlink Group, argued that the future is multi-connectivity featuring different satellite systems at different terrestrial systems, all to the benefit of the vessel and its operation. Also, he highlighted the importance of educating people onboard to mitigate cyber threats.
The US Coast Guard Academy informed that it will add a new academic program. Beginning with the Class of 2022, the Academy will offer an academic major in Cyber Systems, aiming to allow the younger generation to better meet the emerging operational and support needs of the service.
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