Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) has launched the 24/7 Maritime Cybersecurity Operations Centre (MSOC), to be operated by ST Engineering.
MSOC will provide early detection, monitoring, analysis and response to potential cyber attacks on maritime critical information infrastructure. It will detect and monitor cyber attacks by analysing activities in the IT environment, detect anomalies and threats, and respond using appropriate available technological solutions.
Key data linkages will also be established between MSOC and MPA’s Port Operations Control Centre, which oversees navigational safety of vessels in Singaporean waters, to enable cyber incidents to be responded to in a timely, holistic manner.
MPA chairman Niam Chiang Meng said “Cyber threats come in many forms and have been rising steadily across the globe.
“As the world’s busiest transhipment hub, it is important that we safeguard our maritime and port critical infrastructure to prevent a major disruption to port operations and delivery of services”
MPA intends to build on the existing Port Authorities Roundtable initiative, a network established by MPA in 2015 to share ideas and best practices between ports, to enable sharing of intelligence relating to maritime cyber security and collaborate on related initiatives.
The Singapore Shipping Association, Singapore Polytechnic and MPA have collaborated to develop a one-day cyber-security training course for maritime personnel. Titled the ‘Maritime Cybersecurity (Intermediate) Training Course’, it builds on the existing basic course and will be rolled out in the first half of 2020.
MPA has also embarked on a maritime cyber-security research programme with the Singapore Maritime Institute and other local higher learning institutions. The programme will focus on protecting shipboard systems to mitigate cyber threats from the growing level of digitalisation on vessels.
The Maritime Cyber Risk Management Forum will take place in London on 25 June 2019 and provides an unrivalled opportunity for 100 key maritime industry stakeholders, including shipowners and C-level decision makers, to analyse the sector's cyber security preparedness.
Tickets can be booked online and are free for qualified personnel from shipowning companies, or available for puchase for interested parties who do not work for shipowners.