June 18, 2015
Shipowners should be prepared to battle cyber threats to their assets, and the industry should be doing more to prevent successful hacking. Cyber security is becoming an increasingly important issue for the maritime industry as ships are open to a growing number of threats. As more onboard systems are run by computers, hackers may gain access to key equipment, including navigation, steering, engineroom and cargo handling systems.
Although piracy remains a physical security threat to ships sailing around areas off East Africa, the Gulf of Guinea, South China Sea and Malacca Strait, hackers can be anywhere to cause their havoc. The problem of cyber security threats is covered in depth in this issue of Marine Electronics & Communications with features addressing the security of remotely operated ships and developments in secure onboard networks.