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NSSLGlobal gets on board with the Be Cyber Aware at Sea initiative

19th Jun 2017

By: Wildfire PR

NSSLGlobal is proud to support ‘Be Cyber Aware at Sea’ a global maritime and offshore industry initiative created to raise awareness of the increasing maritime cyber threats to international shipping, ports and offshore operations. 


As the maritime industry becomes increasingly immersed in the digital era, ships and offshore platforms are becoming more sophisticated and therefore more vulnerable to growing cyber threats which pose significant security, safety and financial risks to shipping and offshore operations.


NSSLGlobal and the 24 other notable companies supporting the Be Cyber Aware at Sea initiative believe that cyber security must be prioritised at board level if the industry is to effectively tackle this emerging threat at sea.


Cyber security awareness and training are the first steps to a safer and securer future at sea so resources such as the BIMCO Guidelines On Cyber Security Onboard Ships have an important role to play. The Be Cyber Aware at Sea website curates key knowledge, research data, best practice cyber guidelines and educational articles from maritime stakeholders in order to help industry to fully understand the challenges that the digital era brings to shipping and offshore operations.



One particularly interesting piece of content curated by Be Cyber Aware at Sea is a recent maritime cyber security survey conducted by analyst firm IHS Markit and BIMCO. Of the 300 ship owners, managers, trade organisations, regulators, port authorities, maritime service providers who responded to the survey 21% had already been a victim of a cyber attack — this is despite 40% of respondents saying they have protection strategies in place, including firewalls (74%), intrusion detection/prevention systems (45%), best practice protocols (39%) and physical segregation of networks (30%). This hammers home just how real the cyber threat is in the maritime industry,


48% of the attacks experienced by respondents have led to loss of corporate data, 67% lost IT system functionality, 21% caused financial loss and 4% caused lost shipborne system functionality.  The most common nature of attacks was malware (77%), phishing (57%) theft of credentials (25%) and DDOS (18%).


All this begs the important question - what measures do you have in place to protect against cyber attack? For the best information, advice and best practice visit http://www.becyberawareatsea.com


NSSLGlobal would maintain that one of the principal ways in which vessel operators can protect their systems, both at sea and on land, from unwanted incursion, is to adopt a communications provider that considers security as a first principal.


NSSLGlobal’s global infrastructure is built with security of networks and communication as a top-of-mind consideration, driven by the numerous governmental organisations whose communication we service and keep secure every day. To this effect, NSSLGlobal has recently had its entire network infrastructure tested against malicious attacks in order to be able to state “NSSLGlobal is Cyber Secure”.


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