New cybercrime awareness video for mariners

Standard Club has announced its support for a new global maritime cyber security awareness campaign, Be Cyber Aware at Sea. The Club has collaborated with Fidra Films to launch the film, which aims to highlight the vital and increasing importance of cyber security across the maritime industry. As well as Standard Club, supporters include global maritime satellite communications provider NSSL Global, Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) and Teekay.

The film uses real-life case studies to highlight how easy it is for cybercriminals to target individual employees, who Standard Club said were often the weakest link in the security chain. “Lots of people still fail to spot the signs of simple phishing emails, and accidentally give away secure information to hackers via email or social media. Even something as simple as charging a phone using the ECDIS could allow hackers to gain access to the ship’s navigation system,” said Standard Club. The video therefore focuses on tips to avoid being a target for cyber criminals. The Club said that the release was “particularly timely” given the recent widespread cyber attack affecting companies around the world, including Maersk.

Standard Club said that Members were encouraged to distribute the video, which will be available on You Tube, to their fleets and to reinforce its messages.