The maritime industry is an enticing target for hackers. The Port of Los Angeles (the Port) alone facilitated about $276 billion in trade last year, and the International Chamber of Shipping estimated that the total value of world shipping was around $14 trillion in 2019. The Port has plans to construct a multi-million-dollar cyber intelligence
Cyber-Attacks Against Maritime Industry Quadrupled in Last Few Months
A recent report released by the British Ports Association and Astaara, a risk management firm based in the U.K., concludes that since February 2020, the maritime industry has seen a dramatic increase in cyber-attacks. The number of attacks has quadrupled, as companies struggle with COVID-19 and remote work forces.
According to the report, in what…
Autonomous Ships May Revolutionize Maritime Industry
Experts say that autonomous ships could change the maritime industry as much as containers did when they were introduced over 50 years ago. Back in 2017, the global seaborne industry was valued at about $12 trillion. The business case for autonomous ships includes lower fuel consumption, fewer idle hours, fewer personnel, and lower costs. Of…
Hackers Could Target Airports, Planes, Satellites, Ships, Cars, and Trains
Cybersecurity for critical infrastructure continues to be of concern, including the transportation sector. A new study by ABI Research concludes that although the transportation sector continues to increase spending on cybersecurity year over year, the rapid digitization of airports, aircraft, trains, ships, and cars puts this sector at risk.
The study mentions that poor cybersecurity is being applied to operational and control systems in the transportation sector, including engine and flight control systems, electronic positioning systems, logistical systems, communications systems, and navigational systems, and because many of them use off-the-shelf software and connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi or cellular networks, they are susceptible to hacking and intrusion.
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New Cybersecurity Profile Issued for Maritime Industry on Transfer of Hazardous Liquids in Ports
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has teamed up with the United States Coast Guard(USCG) and private industry to issue a new cybersecurity document that will assist the maritime industry in securing the transportation of hazardous liquids in ports around the United States.
The document is in response to the recognition that the…
Marine Industry White Paper: Cybersecurity Risks With Voyage Data Recorders
The maritime industry is not immune from cybersecurity risks. Navigation, product supplies and deliveries, radar systems and GPS systems are all digital and connected in today’s world, and can be subject to hacking and intrusions.
Voyage data recorders (VDRs) are connected to essential parts of a ship’s navigational and safety systems, including radar, ECDIS and…
International Maritime Bureau warns of cyber-attacks
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…
Maritime and space industries testing unmanned aircraft technology for surveillance
In response to the migrant crisis in Europe, the European Space Agency and the European Maritime Safety Agency have selected the unmanned aircraft system TEKEVR for testing the benefits of deploying unmanned aircraft for surveillance, including search and rescue missions. This is being touted as the first demonstration of drone technology being used for maritime…
Maritime industry beware: hacking pirates are targeting valuable cargo
As I have written before, I am a big fan of the sharing of cyber intrusion information so all industries can learn from one another. No industry is immune from cyber-attacks.
But this is a new one, and good to know for the maritime industry. The Verizon RISK team reports that a shipping company hired…