NSSLGlobal has co-funded a new from Fidra Films that highlights a global maritime cyber security awareness campaign, Be Cyber Aware at Sea — this new film aims to highlight the vital and increasing importance of cyber security across the maritime industry — the NSSLGlobal co-funding is in partnership with Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF), The Standard Club and Teekay Shipping.
Designed for seafarers as well as the maritime industry, the freely-available film uses real-life case studies to highlight how easy it is for cyber-criminals to target individual employees, who are often the weakest link in the security chain. A shocking 99 percent of cyber-attacks target people rather than IT infrastructure.
The film’s content has been deliberately created to be educational and entertaining and easily shared via social media to help the message spread wider throughout the industry. It features multiple tips to help employees avoid being an easy target for cyber-criminals. Many people still fail to spot the signs of simple phishing emails and accidentally give away personal and company information to hackers via email or social media postings. Even something as simple as charging a smartphone to the USB socket on the ECDIS terminal could allow hackers to gain access to a vessel's IT network, potentially affecting the vessel’s ability to safely navigate.
Multiple partners have come together to help Fidra develop the content of this vital educational initiative, including JWC International, the CSOA, the City of Glasgow College and Samskip. The funding model for the development and production of this resource means that it will be made freely available to the industry.
Sally-Anne Ray, the CEO at NSSLGlobal, commented that the launch of this film is extremely timely. It follows the recent reports of the global Petya ransomware cyber-attack, which hit global shipping giant Maersk, to cause one of the biggest ever disruptions to global shipping. No-one is immune from the cyber threat and this film is an important initiative to not only raise awareness of the risks, but to help protect the industry from attack.
Chris Young, Executive Producer at Fidra Films, stated that it is great to see the maritime industry coming together to tackle cyber security. All the feedback so far has been very positive and it is our hope that the film reaches as wide an audience as possible.