** Please note due to corona virus and following a ban on conferences from Greek health authority this event has been postponed until later in the year **
Digital Ship’s Maritime Cyber Resilience Forum on April 7 2020 reviews the changing cybersecurity threats to the deep sea maritime industry – and what should be done about them.
There are a broad range of cyber threats to shipping – and very little in common with them.
Hacking company computer networks (PC + server)
Phishing attacks to gain logons – or gaining logins via other methods
Hacking into operations control systems onboard ships
Payment fraud – payments going to the wrong people
Viruses on shipboard PCs
Stealing confidential data
State attacks on tanker companies serving oil companies owned by enemy states (eg Iran / Saudi Aramco)
Employees not paying sufficient attention and care
Finding shipboard satellite terminals via dark web
Hacking into vessels via internet connected devices
Fraudulent phone calls persuading staff to provide passwords or remote PC access
Shipping company IT staff need to approach cybersecurity strategically, being aware of what the different threats are, so they can put appropriate measures in place to fix them.
But at the same time most cyber threats are fixed with basic ‘housekeeping’ measures such as keeping software patched and up to date, careful management of access control (passwords), basic staff and crew training, and backups.
At our third cyber resilience forum in Athens, we’ll review the changing nature of the threat and what shipping companies are doing about it.