Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Airbus and Security Alliance Partner on New Network to Monitor Maritime and Cyber Threats

Evolving Threats to the Industry Requires Evolving Response
Shipping News Feature
WORLDWIDE – With the threat from cyber-attacks and the heavy cost they can incur on shipping lines still all too fresh in the industry’s minds Airbus Defence and Space is partnering with CSO Alliance, a maritime community of Company Security Officers (CSOs), to build a tailor-made, secure online reporting platform to help counter maritime crime on a global scale. The platform will be ready for launch in early October and will provide CSOs and Company Information Security Officers (CISOs) with a worldwide, voluntary and anonymous incident reporting portal for assessing physical, as well as cyber, threat activities and the respective risk levels so as to assist with decision-making and action-taking. In a statement about the new cooperation, Airbus said:

“The digital revolution has significantly modified the maritime market’s way of working. While huge efficiencies and cost savings have been gained, new threats have emerged and are dramatically growing. Therefore, a centralised reporting system is urgently needed which offers the option of anonymous reporting of criminal activities including cyber-attacks on land and at sea. With this reporting platform not only can incident data be collected, but risks can be assessed, trends analysed and alerts made available to the community in a timely manner.”

Olivier Surly, Head of Maritime Solutions at Airbus Defence and Space, expanded on the new initiative, saying that:

“The evolving physical threats and cyber-attacks that the Maritime Industry faces are still vastly under-reported. Building upon our strong and established experience in Maritime Domain Awareness, we are supporting CSO Alliance to develop an effective and collective tool which will empower ship owners and operators, ports, insurers, flag states and classification societies to improve overall safety and security.”

A briefing on the new ‘Cyber Alliance’, which will also focus on other security threat, both physical and computer-based, will take place at London International Shipping Week, Tuesday 12 September 9 am - 10.30.