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SAMI and IMCA collaborate on Maritime Cyber Security Workshop for London International Shipping Week

The Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI) is working with the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) to host a Maritime Cyber Security Workshop as part of London International Shipping Week, which runs from 7-11 September.

The Workshop aboard HQS Wellington at London’s Victoria Embankment on Wednesday 9 September aims to provide attendees with the latest assessment and current trends in maritime cyber security threats, and how they impact the maritime industry.

The recent publication of the US Coast Guard’s Cyber Security guidance and debate at the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee on the need for the maritime industry to develop appropriate guidelines all point to the need for the marine industry to grasp the initiative in this area and take proactive action before a major incident is allowed to occur.

Facilitated by maritime cyber security specialists from Templar Executives, the Workshop will involve group discussion of cyber security incidents. The main focus, however, will be on interactive syndicate work based around a central scenario and configured to the offshore industry.

Incidents will range in severity from simple inadvertent user mistakes by crew through to malicious attacks from antagonists. Output will be captured on the day and subsequently used as the basis of informative guidance for the organisations’ members.

Speaking about the Workshop, SAMI’s Peter Cook stated: “This should be a fascinating day of sharing ideas and learning about this ubiquitous threat. We intend that attendees leave the event ‘uncomfortably educated’ about the threat to the commercial marine environment.”

Briefing on new cyber security guidance

The event will include a briefing on the new marine cyber security guidance developed by the Round Table of international shipping associations – BIMCO, ICS, INTERTANKO and INTERCARGO – which is likely to be incorporated within IMO guidance, as well as threat updates delivered by well-respected subject matter experts from the maritime cyber security world.

The outline programme includes syndicate briefings and cyber threat scenario tabletop syndicate work.

This Workshop is aimed at directors with security responsibilities, company and ship security officers as well as IT personnel. Due to the nature of the cyber security threat in the offshore marine domain, any other personnel with an interest in this field are also welcome to attend.

*Running from 10.00 am through until 6.30 pm, the Workshop is a free-to-attend event for SAMI and IMCA members. Places are available for non-members at a cost of £120 +VAT.

**Attendance is being co-ordinated by IMCA. Those wishing to attend or find out more should e-mail: events@imca-int.com or telephone: +44(0)20 7824 5520

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British Security Industry Association issues new Public Sector Guide on Information Destruction

The British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) specialist Information Destruction Section has announced the publication of a White Paper on the subject of Information Destruction to be used by public sector entities. 

The White Paper is designed to be used as a guide for public sector agencies – and any organisation wishing to benchmark against that sector – that will provide the correct protocols in the destruction of sensitive items and materials.

This new guidance references previous documents published by the UK Cabinet Office and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure in order to promote the required specifications for data destruction and the importance of secure information destruction in general.

The BSIA's Guide to Information Destruction in the Public Sector

The BSIA’s Guide to Information Destruction in the Public Sector

Entitled ‘Information Destruction in the Public Sector’, the BSIA’s document specifies which sensitive materials should be securely destroyed. Furthermore, it defines the varying levels of secure information and documents that must be disposed of in the appropriate manner.

Threat profiles are assessed and analysed in tiers of severity, while the White Paper also affords organisations guidance on specifying the desired outcomes that information destruction should produce.

Adam Chandler

Adam Chandler

Adam Chandler, Chairman of the BSIA’s Information Destruction Section, has expressed his views on how the White Paper might serve private sector companies as well as the public sector.

“The security of information is an issue of paramount importance in the 21st Century,” asserted Chandler. “Data breaches can be more than costly. They can ruin a Government’s credibility as well as a private sector company’s reputation. British organisations must fortify their infrastructure by ensuring standards are upheld and that data is adequately disposed of. By adhering to the standards set by the Government and referenced in this BSIA White Paper, citizens, employees and civil servants alike will all be better protected.”

*Download a copy of ‘Information Destruction in the Public Sector’ here: http://www.bsia.co.uk/publications/publications-search-results/257-information-destruction-in-the-public-sector.aspx

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