A group of American seaports and maritime stakeholders joined forces and launched a new non-profit, the Maritime Transportation System Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MTS-ISAC), to address cyber security issues and raise awareness on the matter.
The US Navy recently launched a new program in order to advise sailors and their relatives of potential adversarial threats in the digital field. In fact, the program will focus on the cyber vulnerabilities, including adversaries’ ability to target and track individual sailors on social media.
US President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing US agencies to test whether critical infrastructure systems are vulnerable in case of disruption or manipulation of satellite-based global positioning system services (GPS).
During the One Conference in Hague the Government of the US, Denmark and the Netherlands shared their vision on sharing a global, open, interoperable, reliable, and secure Internet and stable cyberspace, and commitment to continued collaborative efforts in enhancing cyber security in the maritime sector.
A secret cyber-attack that took place against Iran during June wiped out a significant database that Iran’s paramilitary arm uses, in order to plan attacks against oil tankers. This attack degraded Tehran’s capability of covertly targeting shipping traffic in the Persian Gulf, at least temporarily, senior American officials told the New York Times.
At the 2019 SMART4SEA Conference, Cynthia Hudson, CEO, HudsonAnalytix, suggested that a response organization headed by an appointed Cyber QI or similar in the US, Cyber Incident Response Team and Cyber Incident Response Organization be strongly considered during planning, training and exercise process of Cyber Incident Readiness.
The US Department of Homeland Security issued an Emergency Directive warning federal agencies of incidents regarding Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure tampering. Namely, attackers have redirected and intercepted web and mail traffic. DHS directs agencies to change passwords and add multifactor authentication.
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.
Maritime law firm Jones Walker issued results of its 2018 Maritime Cyber Security Survey, on several leaders and managers representing the US maritime industry. The results confirmed that rapidly evolving technologies present significant cyber security risks, which the industry is unprepared to shoulder.
October has been recognized as a Cyber Security Awareness Month in the US since 2003, as well as the EU, aiming to raise awareness on cyber threats, promote cyber security among citizens and organizations; and provide resources to protect themselves online, through education and sharing of good practices.
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