You’re on the bridge, with the ship’s course on the digital display. But why is the ship continuing to turn west? Everything appears normal on the computer screens in the dim wheelhouse, but the land is perilously close outside. What is happening?
Cybersecurity: A Hot Concern
Down in the engine room, personnel report through the radio that everything is okay, but they wonder why the bridge has altered direction. The engines are revving, and the ship is gaining speed. This hasn’t been done by the engine room. What now? Both in academia and the maritime industry as a whole, cybersecurity is a hot concern. Recently, a collaborative team taught a brand-new cyber security course at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Lesund. A new course titled “Maritime digital security” has just been added to NTNU in Lesund’s maritime industry program.
Participants in the workshop have studied digital risks for the past two months. They have conducted a realistic practice run of a cyber attack on a ship in motion and evaluated the risk of current digital threats. The main emphasis is on resilience development and risk management of cyberattacks. “Where information technology and people meet, there is room for digital vulnerability. Security breaches can come in through the ship’s systems and through the port system and through the people who operate or supervise them,” Marie Haugli-Sandvik and Erlend Erstad said.
Maritime Digital Security Course
The maritime digital security course, which looks to be the first in Norway, was created and is currently taught by the two Ph.D. candidates. The course has been included as part of the doctoral theses they are about to complete. “We developed this course in close collaboration with the industry,” Erstad said. “We have listened to what they want, looked objectively at their needs, and then tested the best solution we can come up with.”
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