10/9/2017: Nat’l Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Shipboard cyber risk management

As electronic navigation systems become increasingly complex, interconnected, and cyber dependent, they could fall victim to bad actors, hackers, and nuisance cyber agents. Many of these incidents can be prevented or mitigated by embracing a culture of cyber risk management, without which, technical solutions like virus protection software and firewalls will have limited effectiveness. In this week’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month post, the Office of Design and Engineering Standards takes a cyber-focused look at the GPS outage in the Black Sea that was reported to the Navigation Center in June.


8/9/2017: Protecting network infrastructure

The Department of Homeland Security National Cybersecurity Communications and Integration Center (NCCIC) and the Coast Guard released this blog to address threats to network infrastructure devices. This entry is the result of analytic efforts between the NCCIC and the Coast Guard to provide best practices for securing devices. Although the post is not written specifically for a maritime audience, as a courtesy, Maritime Commons is sharing this information to help our readers charged with risk management decision in the maritime cyber domain.


7/12/2017: 60-day public comment period opens for draft NVIC addressing cyber risk at MTSA facilities

The Office of Port and Facility Compliance encourages public comment through the Federal Register on a draft Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular that provides clarification and guidance on implementing a cyber risk management governance program.


6/30/2017: IMO approves resolution on cyber risk management

The resolution affirms that approved safety management systems should take cyber risk management into account in accordance with the objectives and requirements of the International Safety Management Code.


6/29/2017: Cargo disruption a reminder that cyber risks are real

Rear Adm. Thomas provides his thoughts on the current incident involving APM facilities and the importance of incorporating cyber risk management into all facets of shipboard operations.


3/31/2017: Connecticut Maritime Association’s 2017 Shipping Conference – Remarks from Rear Admiral Paul Thomas

Earlier this month, senior Coast Guard leaders had the opportunity to make remarks on various topics during the Connecticut Maritime Association’s Shipping 2017 conference and expo. For those of you who were unable to attend, Maritime Commons is providing a condensed version of each set of remarks, in a four-part blog series. First up, are remarks made by Rear Admiral Paul Thomas, assistant commandant for prevention policy, during a shared-stage panel on cyber security.