Shaping the future of a cyber-smart maritime industry

“Cyber security today has vaulted to the forefront as a key challenge that the maritime industry must take seriously and view as a business priority. We need to move beyond awareness towards action."

250 participants gathered in Singapore for the second Maritime Cyber Security Seminar.  They discussed the latest developments and measures to strengthen the industry’s resilience against current and future cyber risks.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Singapore Shipping Association organised the event in conjunction with Singapore Maritime Week 2018.
Niam Chiang Meng, chairman of MPA, emphasised the importance of strong networks in mitigating cyber risks. He also pledged MPA’s continued support towards awareness building and capability development to help the industry boost its cyber resilience.
“Cyber security today has vaulted to the forefront as a key challenge that the maritime industry must take seriously and view as a business priority.
“We need to move beyond awareness towards action. This means investing in necessary measures, be it system enhancements, process changes or people development to be cyber resilient.”

New cybersecurity facility to better protect critical infrastructure

To this end, MPA will establish a 24/7 Maritime Cybersecurity Operation Centre by the third quarter of this year.  This is to further augment capabilities for early detection, monitoring, analysis and response to potential cyber attacks.
The event is part of MPA’s efforts to promote greater awareness and knowledge sharing among industry players.  Certainly, the industry has been grappling with the growing challenges of an evolving cyber threat landscape.
The maritime industry is undergoing a digital transformation currently.  Therefore, it is apt the focus of this year’s seminar revolved around the theme of ‘Shaping the Future of a Cyber-smart Maritime Industry’.

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