Address the human factor in cyber security
With the increasing use of systems with embedded software on ships and mobile offshore platforms, cyber security is becoming critical not only for data protection, but also for reliable operations. According to Symantec Security Response, “You don’t need as many technical skills to find one person who might be willing, in a moment of weakness, to open up an attachment that contains malicious content.” 97% of attacks actually consist of trying to trick a user using social engineering techniques. Phishing and social engineering, unintentional downloads of malware, etc., are common issues.
DNV GL offers an e-learning course for your crews and shore staff to raise awareness concerning cyber security, focusing on issues such as what typical cyber-attacks are and how staff can contribute to your company’s cyber security. The e-learning course “Maritime Cyber Security Awareness” developed by DNV GL’s Maritime Academy raises awareness about threats and countermeasures, addressing your cyber security management system by encouraging the crew’s good cyber hygiene. The course explains in simple steps how and where cyber-attacks may target not only your direct IT infrastructure, but also the embedded software in assorted operational technology (OT) systems on board.
The easy-to-understand course is intended for a wider audience, the material also leverages key safety management practices and shows how they can be applied to cyber security within the maritime and offshore industries.