UK maritime minister Nusrat Ghani has announced updated guidelines for cyber security at ports
The UK Government has issued new guidance that aims to help ports develop cyber security assessments which should, in turn, enable ports to effectively identify cyber security gaps.
UK Department for Transport (DfT) guidelines Good practice guide: cyber security for ports and port systems also gives advice on managing cyber security attacks and clarifies points from previous iterations of the document that members of the shipping industry had queried.
UK maritime minister Nusrat Ghani said the guidelines would "make sure that [UK] ports aren’t just some of the best in the world, but also some of the safest too".
The release of new port cyber security guidelines in the UK comes shortly after news of the Ryuk ransomware attack in the United States where the maritime network was described as being inadequate at addressing cyber security vulnerabilities.
DfT’s guide for ports cites the 2017 NotPetya attack that hit shipping goliath Maersk and caused hundreds of millions worth of damage and provides actionable advice on developing a cyber security assessment plan. A statement from the UK DfT said its updated port guidelines should be used in conjunction with its 2017 publication, Code of practice: cyber security for ships.
Earlier this month, industry classification society ClassNK, certified NYK LNG’s cyber security management system (CSMS) as being compliant with the latest IMO guidelines.
DfT’s latest guidelines can be found here.
Riviera Maritime is hosting a Maritime Cyber Risk Management Forum on 16 June 2020.