When it comes to data and information, there’s a lot to worry about. “Recent years have brought us a slew of cyber breaches and attacks that have put millions of people’s financial data on the black market, exposed company secrets, and maybe even swung the 2016 presidential election,” writes Slates’s Jennifer Golbeck in What Cybersecurity Threats Should Most Worry You? “With so many attacks, it can be difficult to know where to start protecting yourself.”.
Shippers aren’t immune to the risks, explains Jerry R Scott, Head Security Operations at DB Schenker Inc. In Global Cybersecurity Threats To The Maritime Sector, law firm Holland & Knight notes that cybersecurity risks to the U.S.’ critical infrastructure—including those impacting the transportation and maritime sectors— continue to grow.
“To date, the maritime sector has not seen mandatory cybersecurity regulations come to the forefront, but it is expected that the international community will move in that direction in the near future,” the law firm predicts. “Nation-states, non-state actors, hacktivists, and organized crime represent the range of attackers against the maritime sector. Ports, port operators, vessel operators, shipping companies, and others are faced with constant attacks that range from 21st century theft, to more critical risks to the sector as a whole.”Here are three things, according to Scott, that every shipper should know about cybersecurity:
Don’t Wait for Something to Happen
Scott says, “Regardless of where the cyber-threats are coming from—or what they happen to be targeting at the time—vigilance and awareness both go a long way in making sure they never reach those intended targets.”
PwC points out in a Transportation & Logistics 2030, “When it comes to security, it’s especially important to look at future scenarios and manage security proactively. Reacting to crisis situations is not enough. Companies have to find the right combination of preventive and reactive measures to achieve the optimal level of supply chain security. We believe that companies need to consider the possible, not just the probable.”
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