The importance of maritime security nowadays

Globalization is based on the free flow of resources, goods, capital, information and people. These flows are organized within and along with different domains such as the sea, air, space, and cyberspace. Together, these so called global commons form the bedrock of the current politico-economic system.

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.

Common security maritime issues

Since the marine sector is so vast and the massive amount of goods entering the country is difficult to screen, every precaution possible to minimizing malicious exploitation is critical.

Security is not only the job of vessel safety officers, but the job of the crew as a whole, which is why it’s so crucial for companies to educate and train their employees so their vessels have a better chance of stopping security threats.

Therefore, for both civilian and naval ships, there is a need to analyze the threat and reduce the possible harmful effects of an attack. In our opinion, as specialists in maritime security, every person on board of any ship, civilian or military, must undergo security training.

Having tested vessels and onshore operations, there are many vulnerabilities and risks within maritime operations that make them attractive to adversaries across several fronts.

Maritime security is one of the latest buzzwords of international relations. Major actors have started to include maritime security in their mandate or reframed their work in such terms. Maritime security is a term that draws attention to new challenges and rallies support for tackling these.

Maritime security has already become a global concern in the present world. Severe threats could be posed if maritime security is jeopardized, as has been proven by a large number of incidents of such kind. To many observers, maritime security appears to be a large and sometimes not fully understood concept. In fact, it has become a large task involving many entities from international, public and private sectors aiming at:

• preserving the freedom of the seas
• facilitating and defending commerce
• maintaining good governance at sea

All the nations using maritime transport and all the nations benefiting from it are involved in making the seas more secure. At the same time, for all these state entities, maritime security is a priority.

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

Improved maritime security around the world can ensure the viability of commercial trade which will enhance economic development potential and will improve the prospects for emerging open-markets countries.

Neural Guard is a dynamic technology company constantly developing Artificial Intelligence-based auto-detection solutions for the security screening market.

We strongly believe that maritime training is one of the most important factors to consider in achieving safe and secure operations of vessels. This is why we also strongly believe that our courses specifically designed and crafted for the maritime security professionals provide the proper knowledge, reaction and training to our trainees.

Maritime safety training is offered to numerous organisations, mainly from the military and institutional communities:

• Navy;
• Coast Guard;
• Police;
• Customs;
• Special Forces.