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Liberian Registry adds cyber training

The Liberian Registry reports that it has launched a Cyber and Ship Security computer-based training (CBT) program, covering concepts such as malware, network security, identity theft, risk management, and other common threats to maritime security.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The two-hour CBT is divided into four modules, with evaluation performed through a series of questions. A certificate is awarded on successful completion of the training course.

“Cyber-attacks have been identified as among the most serious emerging threats to the security of today’s shipping industry. Over 40 per cent of crew members have reportedly sailed on a vessel that has become infected with a virus or malware – and only 1 in 8 crew members have received cyber-security training,” said Jorgen Palmbak, director of maritime security for the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the US-based manager of the Liberian Registry.

“In recent years, it has become apparent that maritime companies, ships, and ports are not adequately protected against what is clearly a rapidly evolving threat. Furthermore, IMO has issued a resolution giving shipowners and managers until 2021 to incorporate cyber-risk management into their ship safety plans. The Liberian Registry believes that there is an immediate need for both crew and shore-based staff to receive cyber security training as part of an overall security skill-set update and has accordingly taken a proactive approach to the issue.”

“The CBT program also provides a comprehensive overview of common maritime security threats, including the risk of criminal activity, threats to ship security, port-based drug-trafficking risks, security roles and responsibilities on board, and an introduction to the ISPS code. It further covers issues relating to stowaways, about 2,000 of whom are discovered each year hiding on ships, and piracy attacks, of which there have been an average of more than 300 per year since 2009.”

LISCR says that the Cyber and Ship Security CBT course fulfils the requirements for STCW security awareness training, and that its own Seafarer Certification and Documentation department will accept completion of the course as meeting its security awareness special qualification requirement.{/mprestriction}

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