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Security first - SMM puts the focus on maritime security

Cyber-attacks, piracy, container theft – the increase in digital networking makes shipping companies and ports vulnerable to criminal attacks. And the demand for innovative systems and methods for effective countermeasures is correspondingly great. SMM focuses the subject in a special exhibition hall. A large number of companies have already booked space there.

Dirty data business is on the rise. The number of cyber-attacks on major companies in 2015 was up 40% on the previous year according to US software specialist Symantec. The damage in Germany alone was 51 billion euros, according to Bitkom, Germany’s digital association. The problem affects all industries, and shipping is no exception. The increase in digitisation has vastly increased the risks. That is why SMM, the world’s leading maritime industries fair to be held in Hamburg from 6 to 9 September, puts the spotlight on security. Protection from cyber-attacks, piracy and theft in ports is of vital interest for shipyards, equipment manufacturers, terminal operators and service providers. A large number of exhibitors have already registered for space in Hall B8 – there are just a few spaces still available.

Cyber-attacks – individual security concepts in Hall B8

Effective management of IT risks requires security concepts tailored to the individual threat scenarios. Technical measures such as anti-virus programs and phishing filters can help to prevent external attacks. Training programmes can help to increase risk awareness on the part of staff – relevant concepts from various companies will also be presented in Hall B8.

The industry has recognised the threat from cyber-attacks – at the beginning of January 2016, the first guidelines for cyber security were published by the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO), together with other international maritime associations such as the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). “They provide guidance in application of the available technical means and methods for defence against cyber crime, and for limitation of the damage which cyber-attacks could have on business, image and security,” says ICS Secretary General Peter Hinchliffe.

The threat from cyber crime is also one of the subjects covered by the conference programme of MS&D (Maritime Security & Defence) on 7 September 2016. MS&D is an accompanying conference for SMM, and features leading international experts discussing not only the increase in IT risks, but also how to combat organised crime, and to effectively secure ports and maritime routes.

SMM 2016 – specific solutions for combating piracy

Piracy continues to be an acute risk for shipping. In 2015 the number of armed attacks at sea was about the same as the previous year, but “the current calm off the coasts of Somalia is due only to the naval forces deployed there, and the huge investments by shipping lines in security personnel and protective equipment. And we are also concerned about other regions, such as Nigeria and Asian waters,” says Oliver Wieck, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce in Germany.

A large number of manufacturers will present their anti-piracy solutions at SMM. For example Mehler Engineered Defence – the company has a two-stage concept for citadel systems on ships. “Crewsafe” comprises ballistic protection systems and modular wall and door elements. “That is the only way to ensure that the crew and equipment can survive and remain secure from attack,” says CEO Christian Vahldiek. He is looking forward to SMM – “The event in Hamburg is where we not only meet our naval customers, but also network with merchant shipping operators. SMM is the ideal setting for that.”

The German navy is also a regular participant at SMM. “We use SMM to attract recruits. We discuss with our guests the career opportunities, operations and equipment,” says Sascha Grün, NCO with the rank of Oberstabsfeldwebel (Warrant Officer Class 1). The key responsibility of the navy is to secure the maritime transport routes, for example around the Horn of Africa – “Since 2013, pirates there have no longer succeeded in gaining control of a ship,” says Grün. Organised crime – aiming at ports and containers Ports are equally attractive to criminal gangs. The contents of a single container may be worth seven-digit amounts – and that makes terminals a worthwhile target for organised crime. Here, too, the risk of cyber-attacks is increasing. In the past, specialist gangs have often succeeded in hacking terminal systems. Huge losses can be prevented by effective data protection, and also smart access control systems for the port area. Appropriate technical methods will be presented at SMM.

Where attacks come from the sea, it is up to the coastguard to take action. SMM exhibitor Rafnar Shipyard from Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland, will present a ship type developed by the company specifically for the Icelandic Coast Guard. Leiftur RIB, the third and latest generation of Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs), is eleven metres long and has a maximum speed of 40 knots. “It has been proven that this craft works extremely well for us in our operations in Icelandic waters,” says Georg Lárusson, CEO of the Icelandic Coast Guard.

 

Source: SMM

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