Cyber security is undoubtedly on our agenda with ever-increasing threats being proved able to disrupt our business continuity. Real life examples in the maritime industry, and related sectors including ports, terminals and the supply chain, clearly demonstrate the impact of cyber-attacks.
An up-to-date insight into the cyber-threat landscape is imperative to protect our business processes and data from cyber-attacks, damage or security breaches. Ship operators need to analyse potential risks, explore the legal aspects, and incorporate cyber resilience into their daily operations in order to organise business operations to reduce cyber vulnerability.
In this era of the connected ship, with developments such as the cloud, IoT, electronic data exchange in the logistic chain, electronic navigation systems, we increasingly rely on technology, which makes cyber resilience business-critical. So, how do we embed this into the maritime organisation? How do we incorporate cyber security into all our systems and operations? And if incidents occur, how do we respond and make the necessary contingency or recovery plans? In another words, how do we build and maintain a cyber resilient organisation throughout the total supply chain? We will investigate regulations and guidelines to develop a safe, compliant, cyber capability in shipping.
The human factor is often regarded the weakest link. Ship operators need to increase cyber awareness among both in the office and onboard. In this Forum, we will discuss best practices, including ways to mobilise internal commitment, set up training and incorporate cyber awareness into procedures.
Building on the success of the Maritime Cyber Resilience Forums in Rotterdam, Athens and Hamburg in 2017, the Digital Ship Maritime Cyber Resilience Forum Rotterdam 2018 will address the issues that companies need to learn more about in order to meet the Cyber Challenge head on.