Talking Cyber at the Superyacht Design Festival

Priavo’s 360 Maritime Security Alliance  participated at the Boat International Media Superyacht Design Festival last week. 

The 360 Maritime Security Alliance offers a comprehensive and integrated security solution for maritime, land and cyber threats. The alliance is an amalgamation of industry leaders covering physical, electronic and cyber security. Time served security operatives comprising experience within UK Special Boat Service and maritime counter-terrorist units, government-level cyber security experts and experienced electronic engineers develop complete yacht security and detection systems.

The International Maritime Organization Regulations are changing on January 1st, 2021 and vessel operators have until this date to incorporate cyber risk management into their safety management systems. “The resolution encourages administrations to ensure that cyber risks are appropriately addressed in existing safety management systems (as defined in the ISM Code) no later than the first annual verification of the company’s Document of Compliance after 1 January 2021.” 

Our 360 Maritime Security Alliance were honoured to present at the Boat International Media Superyacht Design Festival; covering the proposed IMO changes, the importance of cybersecurity and the risks to super-yachts without correct measures in place. The Superyacht Design Festival, previously known as the Superyacht Design Symposium, took place from the 2-4 February 2020 in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.

Speaking at BOAT International’s Superyacht Design Festival, a panel of experts, including Mark Oakton (Cyber security consultant for the 360 Maritime Security Alliance) warned the industry that it must do more to prepare against cyber threats which are “not going to go away.” He warned that cyber-attacks have become multi-faceted and attackers are now targeting yachts with “blended” means. “If they are attacking you with a cyber element – there will be a cyber element – but it won’t be a cyber-only attack,” he said. He stated this was especially dangerous for an industry that considers cyber-crime as an “afterthought”. “The level of protection on yachts compared to other environments is very low,” he said. “The worst impact is not what actually happens in the attack, it’s the ongoing brand and reputation damage,”

Click here for Boats SDF20: Superyacht Industry Is Falling behind on Cyber Security. 

For more information on Priavo’s 360 Maritime Security Services click here.