ESCGS to urge industry to safeguard against cyber attack during LISW

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Paper boatsESC Global Security is set to warn the international shipping community attending this year’s London International Shipping Week (LISW) of the security risks associated with the development of the autonomous ship.

In its paper titled ‘Phishing and Piracy on the Cyber Seas’, to be presented during LISW Week at the Fathom-organised Ship Efficiency conference, ESCGS’s Head of Cyber Security, Joseph Carson, will urge the industry to address the risk of a maritime cyber-attack, which could leave the unmanned ship losing its ability to navigate or, in the worst case, be controlled by third parties for illicit purposes.

“New technologies, increasing automation and the inevitability of the autonomous ship will make shipping more efficient but such developments come with serious cyber threats,” he warned.

“Critical systems could be prevented from functioning, resulting in collision, pollution and environmental damage, and possibly the ship being redirected. Ship and cargo hijacking is a possibility. Certainly, the advancement in broadband technologies and the move towards ‘Big Data’ will leave the maritime industry vulnerable to cyber-crime unless it develops a better awareness of ICT security and adopts security best practice.”

In his paper, to be presented on 9th September, the second day of the two-day Fathom conference, Mr Carson will advise delegates of the advancements criminals and terrorists have made in computer phishing and virus technologies and advise on what the shipping companies can do to protect themselves and keep ships under their control.

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