Cyber Risk – Adaptability and Responsibility December 2020
For years, service providers to the shipping industry have warned of the industry’s increased reliance on cyber technologies and their potential vulnerabilities. Yet, until recently, this perceived threat had not been addressed by lawmakers and, to some degree, operators.
On 16 June 2017, the Maritime Safety Committee of the International Maritime Organisation adopted the Resolution on Maritime Cyber Risk Management In Safety Management Systems. At the same sitting, the Maritime Safety Committee approved and paved the way for Guidelines on Maritime Cyber Risk Management, which, on 5 July 2017, replaced their earlier, interim version. The Resolution and the Guidelines recognise that cyber risks are not merely a technical issue, but must also be addressed in existing safety management systems required by the International Safety Management Code.