KVH-hosted session points to wide range of human and technical issues responsible for a variety of vulnerabilities
MIDDLETOWN, RI – March 22, 2016 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), hosted maritime industry leaders for a frank discussion about cyber security prior to the start of the CMA Shipping 2016 conference in Stamford, Connecticut, yesterday morning. During the roundtable, a range of concerns about the current level of vulnerability emerged. Among the key issues identified were complacency by ship operators, lack of training for crew, non-existent contingency plans for dealing with a cyber attack, and the need for a set of best practices for minimizing risks.
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It is good to see such high caliber professionals from the Maritime industry working alongside organisations such as BIMCO and Intermanager to seriously discuss the topic.
We agree with many of the comments in the article in terms of;
- User/Crew awareness levels of Cyber risk
- That attempting to regulate this via associations will be too slow compared to attackers adapting/changing
- Restriction/separation of networks on-board
We feel the industry will need to improve as a whole all levels of crew. Concentrating initially on the top 4 who usually stay with the same shipping company, and then raising the level of seafarers who move from vessel to vessel and indeed company to company.
Just like with other security on-board and HSQE it should become part of the framework of training new seafarers.