"This sets a standard of excellence for cyber security within the maritime space."
A strategic alliance has been formed between a global cyber security company and a shipping agency that operates services across North America with the intention of addressing the quality of security currently available to the maritime industry. By combining both sets of their expertise, NCC Group and Moran Shipping Agencies have said they will produce “operationally relevant and realistic assessments” that are practical and sympathetic to the unique challenges facing the maritime industry.
To foster a better understanding of the issues that can improve the security of associated at all levels of shipping operations, NCC Group will uses its global transport knowledge with Moran’s operational know-how to focus on getting to grips with operational threats and how they may be realised by technical threats and vulnerabilities. NCC Group chief operating officer Nick Rowe, said: “With this alliance, we aim to help improve the security posture of a wider range of maritime organisations.”
Moran has said this focus on operational technology is critical to understanding the complex systems and relationships of the maritime industry, prompting the company to launch Moran Cyber, the interdisciplinary solutions provider, as a resource. Moran CEO, Jim Black said: “This is not just a win for Moran and @NCCGroupplc, but also sets a standard of excellence for cyber security within the maritime space." The largest independent steamship agency in North America, Moran has more than 80 years of service to ship owners, charterers, and marine terminals and has pioneered IT and security integration for more than twenty years.
Captain Alex Soukhanov, the director of Moran Cyber, said working with Moran would deliver strong, credible cyber security services with a focus on maritime. The union, he said, allowed it to “better advise our clients on proper precautions in maritime cyber security, but also offer them the resources to mitigate and limit their exposure to risk.”
Transport Security World reported last year of the risk that is posed to maritime logistics, after the Danish conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk revealed that it had lost $300 million dollars as a result of a Trojan-style attack. The NotPetya virus was believed to have been hidden in an accounting package, negatively affecting the group’s business volumes for a few weeks in July 2017 as a result.
To learn more about the huge issue of cyber security and to hear the thoughts of leading lights and decision makers from across the security industry, Transport Security Congress will be co-located with SafeRail. Taking place in Washington D.C in March 2019, the show will feature more than 60 speakers and 20 sponsors and exhibitors.
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