Staying a step ahead of cybersecurity is a constant battle. Cyber threats are varied, complex, and continuously evolving, as mentioned in PwC’s whitepaper on cybersecurity philosophies. History shows that preventative and defensive measures can reduce risks related to acceptable use violations, computer or network intrusions, data loss and leakage, and asset sabotage. However, the cyber threat landscape is always evolving and organizations, even in the maritime industry, now require a cybersecurity philosophy that assume a state of compromise.
Mitigating cyber risk in the maritime industry has become increasingly important with the evolvement of cyber-dependent technologies. Not only are operational control systems susceptible to hacking but cyber incidents, such as software problems, non-targeted malware, or operator error could have equally as serious of an impact. However, it is not enough for an organization to have the technology in place to prevent and monitor security breaches. There are other factors at play as well. Mature cybersecurity programs are typically comprised of numerous complementary elements, including security management, operations, and architecture; regular testing for compliance with regulations; established policies and procedures; privacy; education and awareness; identify and access management; threat and vulnerability management; physical security; and incident response.
Gnostech has a multi-prong approach to cyber risk management based on our naval and maritime domain expertise:
- Cybersecurity is an organizational culture that allows technologies to succeed; not a technological solution that results in organizational success
- A holistic and risk management based systems solution is needed – no single application, tool, or methodology will adequately secure your system
- Implement state-of-the-market solutions, but remain current
- A comprehensive maintenance and sustainment program is a critical component of keeping a high cybersecurity posture which minimizes cyber risk
- Automate as many processes as you can to minimize human error
A one size fits all cybersecurity solution is not sufficient for maritime organizations, due to the diverse nature of the industry. Gnostech works alongside our customers to assess their current security posture and provide recommendations based on specific needs and requirements. We provide tailorable maritime cybersecurity solutions by using state-of-the-market technologies, developing a comprehensive maintenance and sustainment program, and implementing automated solutions to increase efficiency and effectiveness. Visit our website to learn our methodology and process under our SafeHarbor™ maritime cybersecurity solutions.
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Gnostech Inc. is an applied engineering and consulting company with expertise in information assurance and cybersecurity engineering, and major combat and space systems development and integration. For more information, visit www.gnostech.com, or stay connected by following us on LinkedIn or @GnostechInc on Twitter.