Cyber Security in 423 Words

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

Cybersecurity means protecting the security of all in- formation stored and processed on computers and electronic devices

  • Threats to information security include:
    • Malware (infections from USB sticks)
    • Phishing (mass emails designed to illegally obtain sensitive information from the recipient)
    • Targeted attacks (‘hackers’)
    • Easy to guess passwords (Uniteam123)

DOES IT AFFECT ME?

  • Yes! Both as an individual and as an employee of Uniteam Marine
  • As an employee you may use technology as part of your job:
    • On board systems: ECDIS, Bridge PC, Loading system, Planned Maintenance System, Reefer Monitoring System
    • Shore based systems: Email, Compas, Word, Excel
  • As an individual you or your family may be using a mobile phone, tablet or laptop
    • Skype, Viber and Facebook are cheap and convenient ways of staying in touch with family and friends
    • Maybe you have an online bank account or buy products from Alibaba, eBay or Amazon
  • Think about these risks:
    • A piece of malware infects the on board ECDIS terminal during a voyage and no paper charts are stored on board
    • A rogue engineer boards the ship to perform a scheduled upgrade of the VSAT antenna and instead opens a hidden communication channel to remotely monitor and control all systems on board
    • Your passport, bank account and home address details are stolen as a result of a phishing email requesting you to verify your personal and bank account details

WHAT SHOULD I DO RIGHT NOW?

Stop and Think!

  • Know your responsibilities when using company equipment and the impact these systems have on health, safety, security, the environment and our organization:
    • Always follow working instructions
    • Double-check the credentials of third-parties boarding the vessel or entering our offices to perform maintenance work
  • Before using any computer, tablet or mobile phone be aware of the warning signs:
    • Something looks different with the display (spelling mistakes, different layout)
    • You are asked to do something which doesn’t feel right (entering information you have never been asked for before)

WHAT IS THE MARINE INDUSTRY AND UNITEAM MARINE DOING ABOUT THIS?

  • The IMO has given shipowners and managers until January 2021 to incorporate cyber risk management into ship security
  • Uniteam Group of Companies takes cyber security very seriously in all its business units
    • Systems and procedures are being strengthened both on board and ashore
    • Cybersecurity and technology skills will become a required competency to perform your job well
  • During 2019 and 2020 this will become a very hot topic and one which we are ready to fully embrace!

Warren Gibbs, Head of Information Technology, Uniteam Global Business Services