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Icon representing Maritime Information Warfare Conference 2019 -London -November 18-19
Maritime Information Warfare Conference 2019 -London -November 18-19

November 18th 2019
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CYPnaval Conference - October 2nd - Cyprus

October 2nd 2019
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Royal Navy's 1 Day Shipping Managers' Course - July 10th - London, UK

July 10th 2019

The New Face of Piracy

August 8th 2014
For many years now piracy has been one of the biggest concerns for those working in the maritime industry. The loss of money, reputation, time and in the worst cases life that can occur from a piracy attack can have disastrous consequences for a Maritime business. Now imagine that these outcomes can occur without any pirate setting foot on a ship. Imagine that they could occur by remote hacking or even worse, by the unwitting actions of one of the crew. Unfortunately, this isn’t the stuff of imagination any more. This is the everyday, real and highly pressing threat faced by the Maritime industry.

Unbalanced and tipping oil rigs, vanishing cargo and platforms so infected that they are no longer sea worthy are some of the Cyber incidents that have been reported over the past few years. However, this is only the beginning. Researchers have demonstrated the ease with which it is possible to wreak havoc on a ship’s Automatic Identification System, convincing it that other ships are nearby and steering them massively off course. By inputting infected devices (such as the USB sticks used to upload new electronic charts) into a ship’s system, hackers could gain control of the vessel’s navigational data allowing them to steer the ship off course or re-route it into a highly dangerous area. With the possibility of such threats, the Maritime industry cannot afford to remain out of touch with the risk posed from Cyber threats.

Templar Executives has been working with organisations such as CSO Alliance and SAMI, the Security Association for the Maritime Industry, to help marine and maritime organisations increase their Cyber awareness and protect themselves against Cyber attacks. By developing strong awareness of the Cyber risks and threats, putting in place the necessary measures to defend themselves and by building a culture that values Cyber security as highly as physical security, businesses are able to continue performing and operate in a way that fights the new face of piracy.