The days of Captain Jack Sparrow hijackings are over, but there are new threats at sea.

The Maritime Executive reports, in a October 30th, 2017 article, Cyberattack: What’s at Stake?”, that vessels and ships have become victims of cyber attacks like malware, phishing, and theft of credentials, among others.  These attacks led to financial losses, loss of corporate data and affected the functionality of shipborne systems and IT systems.

Why?  The global shipping industry has come of age with more automation, game-changing technologies and the-internet-of-things. But embarking on this voyage has also made it a prime target for unforeseen, invisible, and highly destructive cyber-attacks. As systems get more complex and ships become smarter due to technological advancements, every area of operation is exposed to cyber risks.   Read more here.