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The risk of malicious attacks and unauthorised access is increasing

The increase of digitalisation and automation, within the shipping industry is bringing a greater risk of unauthorised access or malicious attacks shipping systems and networks. Cybersecurity issues are becoming a day-to-day struggle for all businesses. Recent trends show an increase in hacked and breached data from sources that are increasingly common, like mobile and IoT devices.

Additionally, recent research suggests that most companies have unprotected data and poor cybersecurity practices in place, making them vulnerable to data loss. This all calls for increased cyber risk management across all elements of the shipping industry, including onboard ships where they are regularly being connected to operational technology and the internet.

In response the Port of Los Angeles have taken the lead on the first ever cross-sector Cyber Resilience Center. On the 24th April they convened a maritime stakeholder working group including shipping lines, marine terminal operators, railroad companies, labor and representatives from the trucking industry to discuss closer collaboration in order to address cyber security threats.

They describe this work as “In partnership with our maritime industry stakeholders, we have the opportunity to enhance the ability of the port ecosystem to see cyber threats on the horizon and improve information sharing to help manage respective, and collective, cyber risk,” said Gene Seroka, Executive Director.

Do you feel there’s more that could be done? What would you like to see implemented within our industry?

Please contact RTCom to speak to an expert in all maritime matters: info@rtc-ltd.com