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|The global maritime industry remains unprepared for future cybersecurity challenges||1.14 MB|
The maritime industry is heavily reliant on electronic commerce (“e-business”) in many of its daily business transactions, including recordkeeping, human resources data, the loading and discharging of cargo and the location of containers on the docks, on land transportation and on ships. About 50,000 ships are at sea or in ports at any one time. The industry is therefore exposed to cyberattack threats that can have severe repercussions. Companies are increasingly using cutting-edge techniques to stop cyber criminals from breaching their networks, but many are still not effectively protected. While governments have enacted legislation to counter such attacks, the implementation of legislation and international conventions does not, at present, appear to be entirely effective.