The United States Coast Guard deploys new cyber strategy in its long term cybersecurity plan, which has been developed to better protect ports, maritime infrastructure and maritime companies from hackers who could disrupt operations or help terrorists and criminals bypass current security measures.
While speaking at the unveiling of the new strategy, Coast Guard commandant, Admiral Paul Zukunft said, “cyber is a new risk factor, but it does not interrupt longstanding and successful regimes for dealing with prevention and response to incidents.”
Experts warn that the maritime sector is susceptible to cyberattacks and there have been a number of incidents in the past few years. In 2013, drug smugglers hacked into the Port of Antwerp to move their cargo without detection. In 2014, a hack targeted port cranes at a U.S. installation, causing disruptions for a number of hours. And in 2012, more then 120 ships reported that their GPS systems were jammed.
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