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2nd Anniversary of ‘Phish and Ships’

Thursday, 15th November 2018

When Jordan Wylie finished his two year research project “Cyber Security: The Unknown Threat at Sea?” his was one of a few lone voices calling for the maritime industry to wise up to the potential of cybercrime in an increasingly digital age. His research showed that underestimation of cyber threats was endemic, and consequently that the industry was underprepared for attacks. 

In response, Jordan launched Be Cyber Aware At Sea, to raise awareness of cyber threats to worldwide shipping and, in 2016, unveiled the first issue of ‘Phish and Ships’. Today we have over 100 supporting organisations, over 30,000 subscribers to ‘Phish and Ships’, and a website full of resources: posters, guidance material and news to help educate and inform.

Since starting, the industry has seen glimpses of the chaos a cyberattack can cause: the potential disruption and incalculable costs, both monetary and reputational. We are pleased to say, things have started to change, however there is still ground to make up. Protection against cyber threats will only come when we realise a range of measures: investment in technology and in personnel, open communication flow about breaches and threats, and intense cross-sector support.

On our anniversary we are proud to continue to support the industry on its journey to cyber security.
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