A Master’s Guide to Cyber Security (eBook)

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February 2015

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A Master’s Guide to Cyber Security (eBook)

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This guide provides basic practical advice to Masters to reduce the risks associated with a cyber attack. It addresses human factors, physical security and IT best practice so that ships are more resilient to cyber attack. The Guide is written in non-technical language to ensure it is accessible to those for whom English is not their first language. It is not UK specific and is relevant to all nationalities of vessel, operator and crew.

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Maritime Cyber Security is a topic of serious concern to the shipowning community. It affects almost all areas of ship operations and has significant implications for safety and business risk. This guide takes a bottom-up approach at a non-technical level in order to raise awareness and provide basic practical advice that is suitable for implementation on ships to reduce the risks associated with a cyber attack. It does not constitute or replace the need for a comprehensive approach to cyber security. It is intended to fit within a company’s cyber security organisation. Nothing in this document removes the need for suitable corporate oversight of cyber security nor does it replace any corporate policy.


What do I need to know?


Is my ship a cyber target?

Who would attack my ship and why?

What can be attacked?

How could an attack take place?


How do I reduce this risk?

Human factors

Physical security

Computer system best practice

Support from ashore


A Master’s cyber security aide memoire



Computer system best practice

Support from ashore




Where can I get more information?

The UK Chamber of Shipping is the trade association and voice of the UK shipping industry. We work with Government, parliament, international organisations and others to champion and protect the industry on behalf of our members.

It is our mission to deliver for our members trusted specialist expertise, lobbying and influence at a UK level on maritime issues across national, European and international government and governmental bodies. By combining the strength of our members with this expertise we will advance the competitive strength of the industry ensuring that the UK remains as a leader in the global maritime business.

With a growing membership of 180 member companies throughout the UK, made up of shipowners, professional organisations and service companies, we do not just seek to raise awareness of shipping; we work to create an understanding of it, ensuring that member companies’ commercial objectives are at the heart of the government process.

The UK is a global centre for maritime business and our location here, in a stable and business orientated democracy, provides unique access to a range of international bodies and influencers at a global level.

Title: A Master’s Guide to Cyber Security (eBook)
Edition: First
Number of Pages: 28
Product Code: WS1466EA
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-686-7 (9781856096867), ISBN 10: 1-85609-686-6 (1856096866)
Published Date: February 2015
Author: UK Chamber of Shipping

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