Is your vessel vulnerable to cyber threats? How effectively are your crew members trained to mitigate the risk of cyber attacks? Does your cyber risk management strategy include proactive measures and defensive actions against such attacks?
The maritime industry in Indonesia has witnessed a significant rise in cyber attacks, which have grown in sophistication and impact. Surveys indicate that large companies are well-prepared to tackle security breaches, whereas small and medium-sized companies often lack sufficient cyber security measures, resulting in significant losses for ship owners. Unfortunately, these companies struggle to identify the root causes of such breaches.
These are 3 ways to enhancing it :
Recognizing the Threats
Unauthorized access can occur through the introduction of malware onto a vessel, either knowingly or unknowingly, by plugging in external devices. It is advisable to provide thorough training on cyber security and its associated risks to the crew members. Alternatively, consider hiring crew members from crew manning agencies that offer comprehensive training services periodically. To maintain cyber security, enforce a strict policy of zero tolerance towards the plugging of unfamiliar devices into vessels and require seafarers to use their own devices.
Mitigating the Threats
Cyber attacks occur on a weekly basis, ranging from data breaches to potential damage to vessels and harm to seafarers due to a lack of knowledge about cyber security. Phishing attempts, aimed at acquiring sensitive information, pose a significant threat to data safety and overall security. Personnel responsible for maintaining account details are particularly vulnerable to such attacks.
To counter these threats, position computers in a way that prevents shoulder surfing, and advise administrative personnel to turn off their devices when not in use. Restrict access to unused USB ports to prevent unauthorized device connections.
Implementing Preventive Measures
To ensure robust cyber security, it is crucial to involve both onshore and offshore personnel in addressing cyber threats and developing defensive measures against cyber attacks. Regularly enhance the cyber security infrastructure to bolster overall vessel security. Additionally, train your crew members at reputable Indonesia Seaman training centers, where they can acquire both technical and management skills to effectively reduce the risk of cyber attacks.