Following a tumultuous 2020 year, Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International (HLPFI) discusses the state of litigation and legal considerations in the heavy lift sector of the maritime industry in the March/April 2021 edition's Operational Review on Legal Services.
Covered topics include the impacts of COVID-19 on the sector, new pressures, capacity shortfalls, and the new IMO requirements around cyber security. The article highlights that, for the maritime industry, the "lack of compliance has thus become a double whammy: operators are vulnerable to cyber attack as well as enforcement by port state control, including detention."
Earlier this year, Ince, an international legal and professional services firm, announced the launch of a specialist cyber security solution in conjunction with Mission Secure, one of the world’s leading Operational Technology (OT) cyber security companies. Both companies offer their insights on the state of maritime cyber security in HLPFI's latest edition.
"OT cyber security is part of the iceberg that is under the waterline. It is vastly under-reported. There is a lot of secrecy and a lot of denial. People say they have firewalls and airgaps, but the IT and OT systems are like the house and the garage: we have secured the house, but not the garage..."
Mission Secure's Rick Tiene further notes that "from a hacker's point of view, OT is a fairground."
"There is so much that can be done to cripple operations that could be done for ransom or to the advantage of a competitor. Compliance is the interim goal, but compliance is not security. It is merely a step toward security."