A survey carried by the Danish shipowners association has found that 69% of 26 local owners were hit by cyber criminals in the past year.
In the poll of CEOs of local lines carried out by Danish Shipping, 42% of executives indicated that they are very worried or extremely worried that their company will be attacked or that their data will be lost in the coming 12 months.
Cyber threats must certainly be taken very seriously, commented Danish Shipping’s executive director, Maria Skipper Schwenn who said she was heartened that 69% of the companies surveyed have increased their IT security budgets in the past year.
“It is worrying that a majority of shipping companies have been subject to attacks against their IT systems and unfortunately this is a threat that is not expected to diminish in future. At the same time, it is important to emphasise that the attacks experienced by the shipping companies are attacks that any company is at risk of being exposed to. Therefore, it is not the ships and the safety of the crew that is of the greatest concern but attacks on land based systems and the consequences of these”, said the Danish Shipping executive.
By far the most high profile cyber attack to hit shipping in the past year was against Denmark’s largest shipowner. Maersk had hundreds of millions of revenues wiped off its books when it suffered a cyber attack in late June last year.