The Maritime Executive | Ian Bramson & Weston Hecker Talk Cybersecurity on Risk Matters X.0

October 15, 2020

What does cybersecurity look like from the hacker's point of view?

The Maritime Executive features the latest episode of the Risk Matters X.0 podcast discussing cybersecurity in the offshore oil and gas and maritime sectors.

Episode 9 in the Cyber Risk Series looks at maritime cybersecurity from a hacker's perspective. ABS' Ian Bramson and Mission Secure's Weston Hecker discuss common risk vectors, real-world examples, and recommendations for maritime and shipping companies to bolster their cybersecurity posture, safety, and cyber-protection.

“It’s that chain of attack. It’s not necessarily one bad thing. It’s three bad things that lead to a terrible situation.”

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About the Guest:
Weston Hecker
is a cyber evangelist and ethical hacker with over a decade of pen-testing and 14 years of experience in cybersecurity research and programming. Weston works with organizations on their cybersecurity strategies, including leaders in the oil and gas, chemicals, maritime and defense sectors. A regular on the cybersecurity circuit, he has delivered over 50 presentations ranging from industry-leading events to regional conferences and universities. Notable events include Blackhat, Defcon, ISC2-Security Congress, SC-Congress, BSIDESBoston and TakedownCON. His work with universities includes projects and training such as the "Hacking Oil Rigs for Profit" event at the University of Houston and a major university project with DHS. Weston attended school in Minneapolis, where he studied Computer Science and Geophysics.

About the Host:
Ian Bramson
heads the global cyber security organization at ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (ABS Group), where he works closely with senior executives across the maritime sector to help minimize their cyber security risks. For over 20 years, Ian has helped organizations adapt to their digital environments and solve business challenges related to industrial cybersecurity, risk management and digital transformation. He has built successful companies, global sales organizations and cybersecurity programs across multiple industries. Ian is a recognized thought leader and market developer in the emerging threat landscape of attacks on industrial operations and critical infrastructure. He has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and English from Cornell University.

About ABS Group:
ABS Group ( provides data-driven risk and reliability solutions, including industrial cybersecurity services, to help clients reduce risk and confirm the safety, integrity, quality and efficiency of their critical assets and operations. Headquartered in Spring, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 1,000 professionals in over 20 countries serving the marine and offshore, oil, gas and chemical, government and industrial sectors. ABS Group is a subsidiary of ABS, one of the world's leading marine and offshore classification societies.

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