Latin America has over 300 ports and with the expansion of the Panama Canal, which will double its capacity, almost complete, shipping and vessel traffic is top of mind. At the same time, the world is facing a surge of new cyberattacks across all industries. Last year alone, over 317 million new computer viruses or malicious software were created. While shipping activity has existed since prehistoric time, it is only recently that the maritime industry has been forced to confront this new threat.
BIMCO, the Baltic and International Maritime Council, one of the largest international shipping associations in the world whose membership represents approximately 65 percent of the world’s tonnage, recently promulgated guidelines on cybersecurity on board ships in conjunction with other maritime organizations. The guidelines are meant to provide assistance to shipowners and operators on how to assess their operations and are complementary to existing regulations through the International Safety Management Code (ISM Code) and the International Ship and Port Facilities Security Code (ISPS Code).
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It seems that this types of cyberattacks objective is to damaging data or ransoming data and systems causing financial loss. Therefore level of breaching always depends on the companies or ships vulnerabilities and how what techniques chose to deliver an attack.
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