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No safe harbors

from NMLEA

NBC News (@NBCNews) tweeted at 10:44 a.m. on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 the following: Director of National Intelligence Coats: "From U.S. businesses to the federal government, to state and local governments, we are under cyber attack." ( So are you ready?

Last year saw an unprecedented, tectonic shift in our increasingly cyber-dependent world. Especially in the maritime domain. This is best illustrated in Royal Caribbean’s plan to make a big bet on technology — and how they are "connecting" to their passengers with unique digital offerings. (You can read that article here:

At the same time, we are seeing an increase in risks. From the major hacks including Equifax and the attack on Maersk that cost them as much as $300 million, the risks associated with cyber threats have only escalated. With virtually every device including printers, cameras, mobile phones and the expanding world of IP connected devices and systems (e.g. the Internet of Things/"IoT"), the openings for cyberattack are increasing. Especially in the maritime domain, as outlined in the April 2017 Article "Industrial Internet of Things use cases: The IIoT at Sea. 2" From route optimization, to asset tracking, to equipment monitoring and crew member wellbeing… the maritime industry is "connecting." And by default, the threat surface, the risk landscape, is increasing exponentially with each "connection."


So what do you do? What do maritime stakeholders (shipping companies, terminal operators, cruise lines, port authorities) need to do to prevent, prepare for and respond to the next attack on the horizon? To coin an old adage that has been used in many sports discussions and is also known as a principal of war, "The best defense is a good offense." Today's cyber threats require organizations to go on the offensive; to become proactive, addressing what we call — The Four "Ps" of Public Safety and Port Security; People, Platforms, Processes and Performance. This is a higher-level strategy that goes beyond and above the traditional cybersecurity tool box.

To learn more, you can read our Cybersecurity Whitepaper, you can read our blog at, or click on this link: No Safe Harbors, Charting a Smarter Course for the Maritime Industry with Cyber Risk Management.

To get a free consultation and Cyber Risk Assessment, contact us at, and watch our website for news about a Cybersecurity webinar, an executive briefing that you can be a part of. Mark your calendar for March 21 at 2 p.m. EDT.

Mark R. DuPont
Executive Director

National Maritime Law Enforcement Academy
International Maritime Law Enforcement Academy

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