Cybersecurity Offshore

Simple malware attacks could be the least of your worries.

Cybersecurity Offshore: A New Virtual Battlefield?

By Jordan Wylie

Our reliance on information and communications technology (ICT) runs deep in our everyday lives, and the maritime and offshore industries are no different. It is increasingly clear that the security risks of ICT extend to the maritime industry too: whether it’s the internet (for business or pleasure), dynamic positioning, navigation, GPS or crew welfare terminals, all come with vulnerabilities that can be exploited by cyber criminals intent on causing operational disruption, financial loss or reputational damage.

Over the past few years we have seen many incidents of cyber attacks in the maritime and offshore sectors, including malware-riddled offshore platforms, an oil rig left listing by malicious hackers, and the exploitation of port facilities’ industrial control systems. Despite these incidents there seems to be a distinct lack of awareness throughout maritime and offshore organisations.

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