Most cyber attacks are targeted at people rather than IT infrastructure, to the extent the ‘human factor’ is now widely considered the biggest risk in cyber security at sea. Training provider Seagull Maritime has acknowledged this and notes it is essential to have a contingency plan in place if a tanker and/or the operator’s IT infrastructure is compromised.
An awareness of cyber security is one of the key revisions to OCIMF’s latest Vessel Inspection Questionnaire (VIQ). OCIMF is a key driving force in the development of safety rules and regulations in the tanker and offshore industry.
By Craig Jallal
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