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  • Shipping must learn from Maersk cyber attack – tighten security or be next, warning - The Loadstar

    Lars Jensen, CEO of CyberKeel and SeaIntelliegence, said some phone systems were still down and bills of lading unavailable in some places.

    Mr Jensen warns, in a blog this morning, that weak security is endemic in the shipping industry: some 44% of carriers show “signs of low levels of cyber security related to very basic elements”.

    He notes that one top-20 carrier allows shippers on its e-commerce platform to use “x” as a password. Another top five carrier states that “12345” would be a medium-strength password.

    Mr Jensen points out that the fact the attack spread laterally through Maersk’s different business units shows that the firm’s level of security was not high enough.

    Bon, ça vient d’un vendeur de solutions de sécurité mais certainement bien informé…

  • The shipping industry and tomorrow’s technology faces a serious threat from cyber crime - The Loadstar

    Cyber crime is likely to delay the introduction of autonomous ships for several years – and it could pose a significant threat to the shipping industry if it fails to act soon.

    There has been much progress on autonomous ships this year, notably from Rolls-Royce, and in October Norway opened the world’s first designated test area. But there is still a long way to go, believes SeaIntelligence CEO Lars Jensen.

    Autonomous ships are a long way in the future,” he told delegates at TOC Middle East in Dubai last week.
    One of the biggest problems facing the industry – and autonomous ships – is that it is not yet fully equipped to handle cyber crime, he added.

    “_The industry is in very poor shape when it comes to cyber security. It needs awareness among senior management – this is not an IT issue.
    Mr Jensen also warned ports and terminals that they were likely to be in the vanguard of cyber attacks.

    Noting several attacks in the past few weeks alone, that took out major sites such as Netflix and Twitter, as well as a telecoms company in Libya and another on domestic routers in Germany, he emphasised the vulnerability of ports, particularly via the Internet of Things.
    Companies should be looking to prevent crime at the design stage of technology – and simply encryption, understanding the risk and training would be critical.

    Companies need to work cyber defence into their business processes,” he advised.

    Don’t automate any deals worth more than $1m, for example. Improve staff awareness and technical know-how. It’s not expensive – companies already have most of the tools they need. It’s about training and configuring networks slightly differently.