IMCA and OCIMF London Shipping Week Cyber Security Seminar

Just how easy is it to hack into a ship control system? Delegates at the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) and Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) Cyber Security Seminar ‘Ship control systems: ‘Designed in’ cyber security protection should be standard’, being held on 12 September during London Shipping Week, will be able to find out during the post-conference reception.

“Informed knowledge suggests ‘Don’t think ­if I get hacked; think when I get hacked’ – we must all be prepared for those ‘when’ moments and know what action we can take. Forewarned is forearmed,” explains IMCA’s Technical Director, Richard Benzie. “An expert will be joining us during the reception to demonstrate on computer hardware, as used on a vessel, just how hacking can take place.

“This will be after a busy afternoon during which we will be covering the threat update; cyber security in offshore contractor vessel operations and from the perspective of a tanker operator; and the views from equipment manufacturers and classification societies on how best to address cyber security issues, particularly when dealing with third party access to vessel systems. These presentations will be followed by a panel debate; and work stream outputs resulting from the afternoon’s presentations and discussions.

“It is envisaged that discussions at the Seminar may lead to the establishment of an industry project on guidelines for third-party access procedures. Delegates will also benefit from updates on the latest threats, protection and response measures and sharing of expertise from across the industry.”

The Seminar, which is being held at the De Vere Conference Rooms in Canary Wharf, London will be attended by vessel operators/owners – vessel masters, data protection administrators, company and ship security officers – OEMs (vessel equipment suppliers), consultants and other service providers.

The full programme is available on the IMCA website at and from Those eager to attend the free-of-charge seminar should contact [email protected] or phone +44 (0)20 7824 5523.

Further information on IMCA and its work on behalf of the offshore marine construction industry is available from and [email protected]. The association has LinkedIn and Facebook groups and its Twitter handle is @IMCAint



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