News14 Jun 2017

Global cyber incident reporting portal created for shipping industry

| 14 Jun 2017

A global cyber crime reporting portal for the shipping industry has been created through a collaboration of several maritime entities.

This initiative was announced recently by Mr Mark Sutcliffe, founder of CSO Alliance, an online community of maritime company security officers driving best practices to combat maritime crime.

For a start, CSO Alliance and its technology partner Wididi will set up a pilot website that will, among others, allow for the anonymous reporting of incidents, provide a confidential forum among members to share advice on threats and provide a tool for analysing malware, the Alliance said in a statement on its website. It aims to commence trials on the pilot this summer for its members and partners.

The rapidly evolving cybercrime threat facing maritime 

In an environment where 90% of everything transported goes by sea, and where the trend is for increased digitalisation of ships and communications, the maritime industry is now confronted with a growing threat from well financed International cyber criminals, noted the Alliance. It added that cybercrime can no longer be dealt with by any one government, the threat is dynamic, and rapidly evolves and multiplies when a weakness is identified.

“All our budgets, be it government, ship owner, port or suppliers in the global maritime supply chain are under cost pressure. This is compounded by the fact that in the shipping industry there is a culture of under-reporting crime. There is currently no global organisation structured to anonomise the incident reports and provide useful analysis of the data,” it said.

Anonymity will encourage reporting

Meanwhile, the anonymous reporting feature can eliminate worry about consequences to an organisation’s reputation, while enriching data on types of threats and enabling rapid alerts on emerging risks to the entire industry, said the Alliance.

Going forward, additional features are planned for the pilot, including big data reports and analytics, fusion of satellite imaging and location services. The delivery provides access to a range of online tools to support a company information security or technology officer to effectively assess the safety and security impact and rapidly mitigate evolving cyber risks.

The collaborating partners of the initiative so far include BIMCO (representing shipowners), North P&I Club for the P&I sector, The Republic of the Marshall Islands Maritime Administrator a Flag State, and DNV GL for Classification Societies. CSOs, CTOs, CISOs and other interested parties are welcome to join.

More information on the portal will be made available at the CSO Alliance’s website.

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