CrowdStrike to counter maritime’s ‘invisible pirates’ at Nor-Shipping 2017

Cybersecurity specialist CrowdStrike has confirmed it will appear at Nor-Shipping alongside the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) to highlight the scale of the risks facing an increasingly digitized shipping industry.

The firm will lead a session focusing on the tactics, techniques and procedures of ‘invisible pirates’, and the actions the industry can take to rebuff them.

The next playground for hackers
“Maritime has been described as ‘the next playground for hackers’,” comments Crowdstrike’s John Titmus, Director, EMEA – Cybersecurity Strategy Advisor. “It’s an industry revolving around high value assets, moving valuable cargoes, that is transitioning to an increased reliance on digital systems. These technologies – ranging from automatic identification systems (AIS), to GPS, electronic chart displays and information systems (ECDIS), and complex cargo and energy management systems – are all vulnerable to attack and exploitation.

Smart shipping
“Smart shipping and the advent of broadband communication between ship and shore can unlock huge potential for the sector. Unfortunately that’s also true for the criminal fraternity. We’ll be using our platform at Nor-Shipping to teach delegates how they can spot indicators of compromise and attack, and, crucially how they can safeguard their organization accordingly.

“As the world’s leading maritime event week, Nor-Shipping presents us with the perfect opportunity to connect with an audience of decision makers and effectively combat this serious cyber risk.”

Disruptive Talk
The joint CrowdStrike and ABS event takes place as part of Nor-Shipping’s Disruptive Talks programme on 31 May in Hall A at the main exhibition halls in Lillestrøm. Sofia Fürstenberg, Nor-Shipping Project manager – Disruptive Sustainability, says it perfectly compliments a diverse programme of discussions and sessions focusing on an industry in a state of flux.

“The world is changing at an astonishing rate and, unfortunately, that brings risks and challenges as well as business opportunity,” Fürstenberg notes. “As recent developments with the WannaCry ransomware have shown us, cybersecurity must have a place on the business agenda of every organization and that is especially true in shipping.

Disruptive contributors
“Many shipping businesses have yet to acknowledge the scale of the threat facing them. They are steaming full speed ahead on the course to Digitalisation without having adequate security procedures and systems in place. We hope this session, led by global experts of this quality, will help the industry wake up to potential danger and act to counter this growing global band of digital-savvy pirates.”

Alongside CrowdStrike, recently ranked number 11 in CNBC’s annual Disruptor 50 list, other ‘disruptive’ contributors include next generation transportation business Hyperloop TT, trailblazing NGO Peace Boat, Siemens and Kongsberg Digital, amongst others. The programme supports the ‘Disruptive Sustainability’ theme of Hall A at Nor-Shipping, where exhibitors will showcase innovative ideas, from inside and outside the maritime arena, with the potential to revolutionise today’s shipping industry.

“It’s a concept and a programme with something to inspire everyone,” concludes Fürstenberg. “We believe many of these ideas will transform the way we do business and, in the case of cybersecurity, hopefully sooner rather than later.”

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