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Experts at the upcoming International Conference on Maritime Security and Defence (MS&D) in Hamburg from September 4-7, 2018, will outline how maritime companies can protect themselves from cyber criminals, a press release said Monday (February 22, 2018). This comes against the backdrop of more big data in the shipping industry and the need for greater transparency and efficiency. Around 80 per cent of leading shipping companies rate cyber security an “important” or “very important” issue, according to the latest SMM Maritime Industry Report. Both risks and opportunities of network integration and threats from climate change and security policy challenges will top the agenda.

Cyber attacks on companies double

The number of cyber attacks on companies has nearly doubled over the past five years and has not left shipping unscathed, according to the Global Risk Report 2018. In 2017, industry leader Maersk fell victim to a hack attack that disabled major portions of the IT system. Ginni Rometty, President and CEO of IBM, stressed: “Cyber crime is the greatest threat to all companies around the world. Lloyd’s of London said an “extreme” cyber attack could cause up to USD 53 billion in damage to businesses.


From antivirus software and 24/7 protection by IT experts to effective defences against system sabotage, including terrorists’ cyber attacks, Patrick Rossi, Cyber Security Manager at DNV GL and an experienced maritime consultant, will give practical advice on protecting data integrity. Patrick O’ Keeffe, a legal advisor at the NATO Centre of Excellence for Operations in Confined and Shallow Waters (COE CSW), and CEO of AMC Solutions, will give an overview of emerging cyber crime threats to naval operations. His message: “It takes more than an excellent IT solution to ensure sustainable protection of the sovereignty of naval vessels.”

The leading international maritime trade fair takes place in Hamburg every two years. More than 2,200 exhibitors and roughly 50,000 visitors are expected at the trade fair. SMM covers the entire maritime value chain, bringing together global decision-makers and highlighting innovative technology.

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