Human errors leading to an increase in cyber attacks on Maritime Industry


To all those who are concerned about the increase in cyber attacks on Maritime Industry, here’s an interesting finding to analyze. During a webinar conducted by Riviera, they revealed that the Human errors are causing an increase in cyber attacks on Maritime Industry.

Riviera Cybersecurity Webinar held on March 16th, 2021 gave a conclusion that the shipping employees and the companies need to be well prepared as the coming months will be tough on those indulging in various business activities in Maritime Industry.

The webinar discussed how humans are turning into vulnerable resources for the hackers to explore as most threat actors are seen exploiting computer networks of shipping companies as they hardly show interest in securing their IT operations with adequate Cybersecurity measures.

Lack of awareness, budget issues and other factors are paving way to more cyber attacks on Maritime industry say experts as malware and phishing continue to rule the chart- both launched through social engineering attacks.

Training, having a recovery plan in place and making sure that the same incidents do not repeat is the only way to escape from attacks, says Michael Holden, a Chief Security Engineer at a prominent shipping company from London.

Mr. Holder said that lack of security awareness, poor physical controls, remote access available to third party networks with authentication, almost zero segmentation of networks, and unsecured wireless networks are leading to more security challenges in Maritime Industry.

And Corona Virus induced shutdown has aggravated the issue to new levels and most of the staff members are working remotely, giving a golden opportunity to hackers to exploit open susceptibilities leading to data loss, loss of cargo info, unauthorized access, espionage campaigns adds Holden.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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