How to deal with maritime piracy
Maritime security has been one of the most significant concerns for the international maritime community, particularly since the 1980s.
For many centuries, piracy was the most imminent security issue that made the shipping business suffer greatly both economically and in terms of life at sea.
The rise of terrorist threats and new regulations require that all organizations, whether authorities or private companies, rethink their position on security in the distribution chain. The current approach provides timely, unique solutions to security problems in the supply chain but does not adopt a policy of securing the entire transport chain. This approach results in high costs, disruptions in the supply chain process and a weak influence on the quality of security.
Information technology and appropriate cooperation within the distribution chain will integrate security into the business process and lead to new opportunities. The security and performance of a distribution chain are two aspects that combine and complement each other.
Security in the maritime and port sector, node of the distribution chain
Nowadays, the world is going through an unprecedented situation, being deeply marked by the irrational actions of forces that promote terrorism as a means of dividing the international community and weakening global stability in general. The global character of the fight against terrorism has become a necessary, but unexpected and least desired component of the phenomenon of globalization, already constituting an imperative for the fight and attitude of all states.
Common cybersecurity vulnerabilities seen in the field include:
• No clear understanding of all systems and devices on the OT network across a fleet or operation
• A lack of visibility into each vessel’s OT network
• No real-time monitoring of the OT network
• No segmentation of the OT network
• Inadvertently connected IT and OT networks
• 24/7 remote access for third parties
• End of life and unpatched operating systems on critical OT servers and workstations
Maritime Security Training
Increasing shipping piracy threats have resulted in huge losses for the shipping companies, forcing them to find new methods to battle the piracy. In order to tackle this problem successfully, many security companies have started to provide maritime security services, which are custom made for the present modern piracy at sea. In the recent past, several countries across the world have introduced legislation and rules to help the shipping companies to place armed guards on board the vessels to safeguard the ships from the acts of piracy. The new rules allow the vessels to seek the help of private maritime security companies that are capable of providing qualified security personals to keep the ship, crew and cargo safe.
Shipping and ships represent great monetary as well as symbolic value and can therefore be the target of security threats such as robbery, piracy or terrorist attack.
The purpose of naval ships is to protect (offensively and defensively) national interests against threats during war or other types of crisis. Therefore, for both civilian and naval ships there is a need to analyse the threat and reduce the possible harmful effects of an attack.
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