The Future of Maritime Cyber-Resilience | K2-Secure Solution
Now more than ever, the world depends on technology.
Some of the most essential infrastructure in the world is controlled by computer networks, including power and water supply systems, air traffic control, and transportation systems. As digitalization is gradually taking over the world, the maritime domain takes up a crucial role in the maritime industry. Numerous technological apps now play a vital role in shipping by instantly delivering accurate information and excellent communication around the globe.
The maritime domain, however, is vulnerable to the development of criminal non-state actors because it is a huge, shared, and mostly ungoverned space. The latter use the porosity of maritime borders to engage in piracy and robbery at sea, illicit, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUUF), trafficking illegal substances and people, illegal immigration, and destruction of the marine environment. The process of discovering, analyzing, assessing, and communicating a cyber-related risk, as well as accepting, avoiding, transferring, or mitigating it to an acceptable level while taking stakeholders’ costs and benefits into account, is known as cyber risk management.
The overarching objective is to promote safe and secure shipping that is resilient to cyber hazards from an operational standpoint. Incidents involving cyberattacks have led to incalculable losses of financial resources, intellectual property, and vessel manipulation. For instance, in 2017, Maersk, the biggest container shipping firm in the world, experienced a cyber-attack that costed them $200–300 million. Risk management is essential for addressing threats in the maritime sector and ensuring the safety and security of shipping operations. Traditionally, risk management has been primarily concerned with operations in the physical realm.
The marine industry has grown more dependent on network-based systems, integration, automation, and digitization, which has increased the demand for cyber risk management.
In 2019, researchers examined the maritime industry’s vulnerability to cyber-attacks and discovered that an important issue was the industry’s over-reliance on outdated security measures and technology.
For instance, a survey conducted within marine employees showed that they believe that antivirus software and firewalls are enough to protect the vessel from cyber-attacks.
Nevertheless, hackers can also attack through viruses and other malware that are difficult for a traditional antivirus software to combat.
Think of a cyber-attack as a wildfire that spreads across extremely fast. Would you rather be equipped with a garden hose or proper firefighting equipment? Consequently, the benefits of implementing a holistic solution rather than an atomistic one is the following:
one tailor-made for your needs.
• Optimization of Time: in the maritime industry, time is the currency. Having multiple functions combined in one solution saves
• Increased Efficiency: As the system is complete, the reduced costs and minimized time result in an efficient process.
adhering to their Cyber Security standards since the RINA team has in-depth expertise and follows a simple-to-follow, yet rigid and practical methodology on Cybersecurity. K2-Secure provides security that protects the vessels from not only external attacks, but also from any internal breaches. The system also provides image restoration capabilities and asset management.
“Our solution is very flexible and can be customized and embedded in any current IT infrastructure. We hear and understand the concerns of the shipping company and the IT department, then we tailor the solution to fit perfectly with the needs of the client. Lastly but not least, it comes with 24/7 monitoring and support by professionals based in Greece”.