Four Questions Help Protect Your Ship from Cyber Attacks

More than 90% of international trade is conducted by sea, and according to Statista.com, more than 51,400 commercial ships conducted business globally in 2016. Factor in other recreational marine vessels—such as cruise ships, which are projected to carry 25.8 million passengers this year—and you quickly realize how vital the maritime industry is to the global economy. This also makes it a prime target for cyber attacks.

Malicious attackers look for vulnerabilities across all access points within the shipping and maritime transportation industry, which is highly interconnected and heavily reliant on technology. This includes network vulnerabilities as well as human vulnerabilities (i.e., malware and hacking opportunities introduced by unsuspecting personnel routinely using their devices, email, social media, etc.). A few of the activities most susceptible to cyber attacks include communications, operational activities such as navigation, industrial controls, accounting, and data collection, and tracking barcoded cargo and other assets.

Individuals responsible for maintaining onboard technology and connectivity need to constantly assess and minimize security threats by implementing best practices and the latest technological protections. When considering your ship’s risk for cyber attack, ask yourself these four questions:

1. Have I implemented the latest security technology to protect my ship from the emerging and ongoing maritime cyber threats?
2. Have I assessed and corrected vulnerabilities at every point in the transport chain (i.e., on-shore facilities, on board ships, and any related offshore operations)?
3. Have I established documented processes for protecting my ship’s networks and other digital assets, and are they tracked for accountability?
4. Have I invested in training for crew members and other maritime support staff to educate them on the importance of ongoing cyber security?

Without comprehensive answers to these questions, it’s more difficult to manage and reduce your risk of a cyber attack. iSeaglobal developed an integrated protection system that adds an extra layer of cyber security measures harnessing next-generation firewall technologies. Clients benefit from a powerful collaboration of global companies working together to minimize the spread of attacks. This network is ever vigilant; it shares collective intelligence, comprehensive global threat data, and preventive measures so that when a new threat is detected, an automatic dissemination of prevention mechanisms is immediately shared across the entire customer network.

Cyber security must be made a priority to reduce the significant safety, security, and financial risks. Milano Teleport understands the technological challenges of the maritime industry and continues to put its more than 20 years’ experience developing advanced technology systems to protect global maritime operations.

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