Safety at Sea’s Maritime Cyber Security survey launched

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The fourth annual Safety at Sea Maritime Cyber Security survey, launched on 13 February, will assess the measures being taken by organisation’s to assess and protect against cyber vulnerabilities  in its IT systems, Operational Technology (OT), supply chain and its people.

The survey, created in partnership with BIMCO and supported by ABS Advanced Solutions, acts as a barometer to gauge the maritime industry’s approach to cyber security and the efforts companies are making to protect against cyber breaches year on year.

“Cyber risk is growing in the industry,” said Aron Frank Sørensen, head of maritime technology & regulation at BIMCO. “We have seen recent attacks on Cosco, Clarksons and Maersk and we need to know in this survey how the attack is influencing the companies. Is it an operational loss, have there been financial losses, or is it a safety issue onboard the ship?”

Questions this year are filtered by the respondent’s job role, covering executive level, management level, onboard crew and shoreside staff. This will allow for comparisons in not only how cyber risk is perceived throughout maritime organisations, but also the awareness and opinions of employees regarding the cyber policies and preventative measures being put in place in companies across all levels.

The 2018 survey survey results showed although only 7% of respondents felt that Operational Technology (OT) was at risk from cyber-attacks – in contrast to 93% who felt that IT systems are most affected by such incidents. However, an OT cyber breach could cause a large-scale physical event that could result in death, asset damage or even pollution – all of which would carry a high financial and reputational cost to the entire industry and wider supply chain. This year’s survey takes a closer look at how companies are assessing and dealing with OT cyber threats, as well as third party risk and the quality of cyber training being rolled out to onshore and offshore employees.

Click here to take the Maritime Cyber Security survey.

The survey closes on 30 April, 2019 and a roundtable discussing the results will be held on 5 June at Nor-Shipping. Contact us for more information and to register your interest in attending the roundtable.