Navarino was present in Hamburg for the Maritime Cyber Resilience Forum this quarter, which was another very well organized and attended Digital Ship event. In the face of increasingly complex threats from multiple different attackers in this information era of the connected ship, and with the shipping sector’s increasing reliance on technology and remote monitoring, the forum was discussing how maritime cyber security is no longer optional, but is business-critical.
The main questions discussed were how many companies are really ready to tackle the cyber challenge? And how resilient are they? Whilst the risk is real, it can be mitigated, but how quickly and robustly a company can respond to this challenge will depend on how ready and determined they are – and also on whether they are planning to invest in cyber preparedness. The conclusion was that we are seeing a new security paradigm, where the focus is on prevention rather than simply relying on reaction and that the shipping industry is taking the cyber threat very seriously.