(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) As the industry moves into a smart-shipping era, the risk of cyber threats is at an all-time high. DigitalisedÂ ships, increasing interconnectedness, the extended use of electronic data exchange and electronicÂ navigation increases the likelihood of cyber-attacks in variety, frequency and sophistication. Cyber threatsÂ are one of the most serious economic and international security challenges facing the maritime industryÂ today. The need for protection and security enforcements to mitigate the threats is more important todayÂ than ever. Guidelines to support secure cyber operations and contingency plans to be followed in a caseÂ of cyber incident have become necessary.
The Cyprus Shipping Chamber recognising the increasing concern of its Members with regards to the cyberÂ security and their protection, developed this document with the intention to create awareness of theÂ threat and provide guidance to its Members.
This case study was prepared to show a âreal lifeâ snapshot of a company that is a Ship owner, Technical OperationsÂ Manager, and Crew Manager and how they, in the early stages, are evaluating andÂ implementing a program of cyber security for their ships with Online Connectivity.
Several questions were posed to the company on general subjects to help scope how thisÂ company is initially viewing cyber security, and their efforts to organise internally by assigningÂ responsibilities and allocating resources of staff and budget. Comments are made at a high level and areÂ included under the section âFurther Considerationâ. They have been purposely general in nature to helpÂ identify certain concepts that may be of help.
It should be recognised that this is not an all-inclusive guidance or evaluation, and does not critically assessÂ their efforts. It is rather intended to contribute to the greater discussion of maritime cyber security byÂ exposure to what is likely a typical case and find some value to their cyber security efforts.
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Source:Â Cyprus Shipping Chamber (CSC)