Following the issuance of Plymouth University Maritime Cyber Threats Research Group study on the risk of cyber threats [view related post], the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) recently issued a warning to shipping and maritime companies to “be vigilant to the potential commercial impact that cyber-attacks can cause.”

In particular, the warning alerted the industry “that emails being sent to and from ships are monitored and altered. This could have a huge commercial effect on vessels.”

The International Maritime Organization has approved interim guidelines on maritime cyber risk management which are designed to provide “high-level recommendations for maritime cyber risk management,” which will help the maritime industry safeguard the industry “from emerging threats and vulnerabilities related to digitization, integration and automation of processes and systems in shipping.” A must read for our clients and friends in the maritime industry.