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Cyber Security: Now Byting the Offshore Marine Industry

The Security Association for the Marine Industry (SAMI) is working with the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), to host a Maritime Cyber Security Workshop as part of London International Shipping Week (LISW).

The workshop aims to provide attendees with the latest assessment and current trends in maritime cyber security threats, and how they impact the maritime industry, from well respected subject matter experts.  

The recent publication of the US Coast Guard Cyber Security guidance and debate at the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee on the need for the maritime industry to develop appropriate guidelines, all point to the need for the marine industry to grasp the initiative in this area and to take proactive action before a major incident is allowed to occur.  

Facilitated by maritime cyber security specialists from Templar Executives, it will involve group discussion of cyber security incidents, but the main focus of the workshop will be on interactive syndicate work based around a central scenario and configured to the offshore industry.  Incidents will range in severity from simple inadvertent user mistakes by crew through to malicious attacks from antagonists.  

The output will be captured and used as the basis of informative guidance for the organisations’ members.  

Peter Cook of SAMI stated “This should be a fascinating day of sharing ideas and learning about this ubiquitous threat. We intend that attendees leave the event ‘uncomfortably educated’ about the threat to the commercial marine environment.”

An Important Event

The event will include a briefing on the new marine cyber security guidance developed by the “Round Table” of international shipping associations (BIMCO, ICS, INTERTANKO, INTERCARGO), which is likely to be incorporated into IMO guidance, as well as threat updates from well-respected subject matter experts from the maritime cyber security industry.

The outline programme includes syndicate briefings, and cyber threat scenario tabletop syndicate work.  The workshop is aimed at Directors with security responsibilities, company and ship Security Officers as well as IT personnel. Due to the nature of the cyber security threat in the offshore marine domain, any other personnel with an interest in this field are welcome to attend.

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Running from 10:00 until 18:30 (including a networking reception) the workshop will be free to attend for IMCA and SAMI members, with places available for non-members at a cost of £120 + VAT. A one-hour networking lunch and an end of day reception ensure that there will be plenty of opportunity for informal discussion.

Attendance is being coordinated by IMCA, so those wishing to attend or find out more should contact:[email protected] or by telephone on +44(0)20 7824 5520


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