The Critical Importance of Maritime OT Cybersecurity - excerpt from The Maritime Executive
"Today, the maritime industry is highly vulnerable to cybersecurity threats due to the integration of previously standalone operational technology (OT) systems, which physically control multiple systems onboard the ship, with information technology (IT) systems that are deployed onboard and on shore. As the maritime industry continues to adopt cloud computing, the Internet of Things (IoT) and autonomous technologies, interconnectivity between OT and IT will rapidly increase, leading to ever-higher cybersecurity risks. In fact, cyberattacks on the maritime industry’s OT systems have already increased by 900 percent over the last three years.
A cybersecurity incident or a successful cyberattack on maritime interconnected IT and OT systems could have massive consequences, both regionally and globally. These include but are not limited to: health and safety impacts, environmental incidents, supply chain disruptions, reputational/brand damage and financial losses. "
This article presents a step-by-step work process based on industry standards and best practices for reducing cyber risks to critical infrastructure and complying with regulatory directives.