BIMCO and a group of fellow shipping organisations have launched a set of guidelines which aim to help global shipping prevent cyber incidents on board vessels, which they believe could create major safety, environmental and commercial issues for the industry.
A new EU-backed research and development project has been launched to improve training to respond to cyber-attacks and other threats on Europe’s critical infrastructure, including ports.
Advancement in broadband technologies and the move towards ‘Big Data’ will leave the maritime industry vulnerable to cyber-crime unless it develops a better awareness of ICT security and adopts security best practices, according to ESC Global Security’s head of cyber security, Joseph Carson.
BIMCO, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Intercargo and INTERTANKO have announced that they are together developing standards and guidelines to address the major cyber security issues faced by the shipping industry.
Tor Svensen, CEO of DNV GL, has warned that the growing availability of communications and interconnected networks in the maritime industry is creating vulnerabilities that could be exploited by cyber attackers.
The IMO’s Marine Safety Committee (MSC) met in London last week for its 94th session, with several IT issues on the agenda, including Iridium’s proposed move to become a GMDSS satellite provider.
The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has issued a statement warning of the increasing threat of cyber-attacks against the shipping industry, fearing that the sector could become the ‘next playground for hackers’.
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