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We Cannot Afford to Wait to Bolster Maritime Cybersecurity


Like nearly all sectors of the economy, maritime and offshore energy activities are being increasingly conducted remotely, with networked control systems connecting ships, cargo and rigs with onshore commands. But these shifts have exposed a hidden but increasingly urgent threat: cybersecurity attacks.

As more ocean-based activities are interwoven by digital threads, transmitting data safely and securely will be necessary to support these industries and ensure we are able to keep pace with the evolving speed of technology.

The U.S. government released a national maritime cybersecurity plan in 2020 that laid bare the stakes of allowing cyber vulnerabilities to go unchecked for our economy and national defense. As the plan notes, our seas and ports contribute about $5.4 trillion annually to the U.S. gross domestic product. At the same time, the U.S. Coast Guard has noted that “maintaining effective cybersecurity is not just an IT issue but ...


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