High tech has reached the high seas, and there are no safe harbors. That point was made very clear in a recent webinar hosted by the National/International Maritime Law Enforcement Academy and presented by RiskSense, a New Mexico-based cybersecurity practitioner.
Whether in port or in transit, “ships of today are evolving,” said moderator Mark R. DuPont, Executive Director of the National/International Maritime Law Enforcement Academy, during the event: No Safe Harbors: Charting a Smarter Course in Maritime With Cyber Risk Management.
Everything is connected, including GPS, trucks, cranes and the ship itself. New ships, both cargo and passenger, are being developed with even more features. One benefit is optimization of routes. With Internet of Things (IoT), a ship’s position can be tracked live, and location information can be sent to other ships on the same network, allowing the captain to change route if necessary.