Cyber security the new maritime threat

Cyber crime is becoming a greater issue for shipping companies. 

Cyber insecurity on the high seas threatens international shipping


The threat to global shipping in the future may not be pirates or terrorists, but hackers – people accessing shipboard systems via computers, either on the ship or thousands of miles away on dry land.

That was the message that came out of an afternoon seminar aboard the HQS Wellington, a former convoy escort moored on the banks of the Thames which now serves as the headquarters ship of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners.

Organised by the Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI), the event was entitled “Seaworthiness and cyber security – the hidden threat to shipping”. It featured six speakers from the world of shipping, insurance and cyber security and was attended by about 100 delegates from the shipping and insurance industries.

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