Merchant marine, following the new ‘digital wave’ is modernizing itself by increasing connectivity, interoperability and communications between all entities, resources and systems. Vulnerability of systems and data integrity is everywhere!
A new trend is emerging. Cybersecurity needs to be assured both onboard and ashore within computer rooms, workstations, programming codes, software updates and scada automated procedures. Chief IT/Data Officers need to attain the required certificates from each vendor, supplier and system manufacturer and should carefully scrutinize corporate and country regulations in order to achieve the necessary coverage. Shifting towards ‘Big Data’ and ‘Ship Intelligence’ could leave the maritime industry vulnerable to cyber-crime unless it develops a better awareness of ICT (information, communication technology) security and adopts security best practices.