Inmarsat urges shipping companies to adopt proactive strategies on cyber risk management

Inmarsat offers guidance on cyber risk management ‘beyond compliance’

Inmarsat has published a new report, prepared by innovation consultancy Thetius, urging shipping companies to adopt proactive strategies on cyber risk management and warning that there is more to combating attacks than compliance alone. Called ‘Beyond Compliance – Cyber Risk Management After IMO 2021’, Inmarsat said that the IMO’s 2021 cyber risk management code provided a framework, but stressed that cyber attacks targeting the maritime sector continue to increase.

Ben Palmer, Inmarsat Maritime president, said: “The IMO guidelines on maritime cyber risk management have helped stakeholders to address cyber threats, but the nature of digital attacks continues to evolve due to advances in computing technology and developing geopolitical conflicts.”

The satellite communications company warned of multiple assailants and diverse lines of attack, both targeted and random. “Threat actors make continuous efforts to update strategies by developing malicious coding, seeking out vulnerabilities in hardware and software, and by responding to human behaviour,” the company said in a statement. “Only by being proactive can shipping stay ahead of the cyber criminals.”

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