Cyber security to be hot topic at biannual maritime seminar

The Seatrade Offshore Marine and Workboats Middle East (SOMWME) seminar is set to run from 25 – 27 September, 2017.

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Cyber security to be hot topic at biannual maritime seminar Peter Broadhurst, SVP of Safety & Security Services, Inmarsat.
By  Alexander Sophoclis Pieri Published  July 15, 2017

Following the recent wave of global cyber-attacks, particularly with the WannaCry ransomware that struck last May, IT protection and cyber security has become a hot topic for a number of sectors including the maritime industry.

Commenting on the rising cyber threats, Peter Broadhurst, SVP of Safety & Security Services, Inmarsat, shared: "Hacking, ransomware and system outages have long been a concern for the shipping industry, particularly with the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the connected ship. These risks are heightened due to the significant growth in networks of physical objects accessed through the internet."

The challenge of protecting IT systems at sea is expected to be a key topic at the upcoming biannual Seatrade Offshore Marine and Workboats Middle East (SOMWME) seminar, where Broadhurst will be delivering a keynote presentation exploring new risk factors associated with connected ships.

In a report generated by the Ponemon Institute in 2016, which surveyed data collated from 383 companies across 12 countries, the total cost of a data breach values $4mn, a 29% increase since 2013. The report also noted that the average cost per lost or stolen record averaged at a value of $158, a 15% increase since 2013.

Emma Howell, group marketing manager, Seatrade portfolio commented: "Over recent weeks and months, we have seen huge organisations crippled by ransomware attacks and IT meltdowns - compromising systems and costing some businesses many millions of dollars.

"The need for the shipping industry to tackle this growing menace head-on is greater than ever before and we look forward to welcoming decision makers and industry leaders to debate these important issues."

SOMWME 2017 programme will include sessions covering technologies, such as automation and predictive maintenance, SMART solutions, as well as designs for specialised offshore vessels.

SOMWME will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) and will run from 25 - 27 September, 2017.

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