Cyber-attacks, newest threat to the maritime sector

By | August 23, 2019

The maritime sector has made its way into a new stage of its growth ever since information technology has been introduced. The amount of multiple improvements in the sector of industrial control systems has completely changed the process through which navigation systems, rigs, harbors, ships, and communication systems function. Ever since novel software systems made their way into ship design architecture, new methods for the usage of new and advanced technology have been introduced, the navigation and communication network and daily maneuvers of vessels and ships in the maritime sector have been improved.

An assortment of integrated hardware and software and electromechanical constructs have been put into place of the shipping industry’s outdated mechanical systems. They are now spread over the entire industry.

These days, the newest ships and vessels serve as communication centers, mobile offices and learning areas. Ships having interconnected facilities are developed with electronic control units which allow them to use, generate, share, and supplement data with maritime establishments such as oil platforms, ports, harbors, other ships, etc.

Now since most to the trade that takes place globally is via sea, it is imperative that the maritime sector comprehends the primary threats that come alongside the maritime cyber domain and then presents their way of defending and diminishing these cyber-attacks.

Most of the workings of the maritime sector depend, in one way or another, on such interconnected systems and these in systems have weaknesses which can be taken advantage of. According to research, cyber criminals from various backgrounds have displayed potential to use cyber-attacks in ports and at sea. There are severe weakness of cyber risks to shipping ever since cyber criminals have acknowledged the possible significance cargo may hold.