British government launches cyber security code of practice for ships

The UK government has launched a code of practice for ship operators to handle cyber security.

Parliamentary undersecretary for aviation, international and security at the Department for Transport Martin Callanan said the new Cyber Security Code of Practice for Ships comes at a time where shipping is more and more vulnerable to online attacks. Up to $300m was wiped off the books of Denmark’s Maersk in June following the NotPetya malware attack, for instance.

“Shipowners and operators need to understand cyber security as industry dependence on IT systems grows amid the development of autonomous vessels,” Callanan said, adding: “These developments will make the industry more vulnerable, even on the small scale – consider the threats posed by compromised ships.”

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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