BIMCO says the shipping industry still hasn’t woken up to cyber-security. “For example during the design stage, there are no security processes for shipboard IT,” the deputy sec-gen Lars Robert Pedersen told press in Hamburg, Germany ahead of this year’s trade exposition SMM.
“More often the problems arise at shore-side sites than at sea,” Pedersen told The Marine Professional. “Phishing emails with demands for thousands of dollars apparently sent from senior employees for example, are being received at the offices and often these transfers take place even though one should be suspicious and check back with the other party if this is real,” Pedersen said, calling for people to use some common sense. “So much trust is put in emails in general, but they are only the postcards of the internet,” the sec-gen said.
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