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Internationally Recognized, CPD Approved Online Cyber Security Awareness for Seafarers & Cyber Security Strategy for Vessels by VIRSEC

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Shipping relies largely on digital solutions for everyday tasks and, connectivity through the internet between Servers and IT/OT systems increases the potential cyber vulnerabilities and risks. Cyber security is crucial to the shipping industry because of its effect on personnel, ship, passengers, company, and cargo. Cyber risk management must be an integral part of the safety and security culture of the maritime industry.

In 2017, the IMO issued MSC-FAL.1/Circ.3 Guidelines on maritime cyber risk management. The IMO Maritime Safety Committee then adopted these guidelines through Resolution MSC.428(98) Maritime Cyber Risk Management in Safety Management Systems. The resolution encourages administrations to ensure the appropriate management of the cyber risks in existing safety management systems.

The CPD-approved, internationally recognized Cyber Security Awareness for Seafarers Online Course examines cyber security, existing cyber threats, the vulnerabilities onboard ship IT and OT systems, and the exploitation by offenders. This course examines the measures required to mitigate and defend against these types of threats and provide seafarers with the basic knowledge and training to enable them to safeguard onboard equipment.

The Cyber Security Strategy for Vessels online course examines the Cyber Security threats that exist, both generally and specifically within the maritime environment. The course examines the weaknesses that there may be in ship IT and OT systems, and how they may be exploited - and then goes on to look at the measures that can be taken to mitigate and defend against these types of threats. This online course has been created to advise senior shipping personnel, responsible for the on-board security of a variety of ship’s systems.

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Online Maritime Cyber Security Training

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Cyber Security Awareness for Seafarers Certificate

  • Course: This fully-online CPD Approved course provides the participant, with a firm grounding in Maritime Cyber Security issues. The training also introduces required measures within the shipboard safety management system (SMS) to ensure that vessels are operationally resilient to cyber risks. The course can be delivered on board ship or ashore.
  • Target Group: This course is for seafarers, crew, or staff of any rank working onboard, ashore, around the ship and, those with responsibilities to protect it from such attacks when underway or at a port.
  • Acceptance: STCW compliant CPD approved and internationally recognized certification
  • Duration: Approximately 4.5 to 5 hours
  • Certification: Learners will receive an electronic copy of the official course certificate in PDF format upon successful completion of the course via the eLearning system.

Course Content

  • General knowledge of Cyber Threats and how they are effective, including real-world case studies to put context to the learning
  • Best practice ‘Cyber Hygiene’: The steps we can take to avoid falling foul of an attack
  • Spotting a threat or an attack in progress and what to do in the event of security incidents
  • Developing and following a Cyber Security Assessment and Plan
  • Awareness and application of the mitigation measures that are most appropriate
  • Knowledge of the correct structures, roles, responsibilities and processes that facilitate a sound Cyber Defense

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Cyber Security Strategy for Vessels Course

  • Course: This fully-online CPD Approved course has been created to advise senior shipping personnel, responsible for the on-board security of a variety of ships' systems; and will be of benefit to all those with authority for vessel security and business continuity.
  • Target Group: The course is suitable for ships’ senior officers (captain, first officer and chief engineer), maritime Insurers, board members of organizations with one or more vessels, and personnel with authority for the day-to-day operation of maritime communications systems, operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT).
  • Acceptance:  CPD approved and internationally recognized certification and compliant with STCW Requirements
  • Duration: Approximately 4 to 5 hours
  • Certification: Learners will receive an electronic copy of the official course certificate in PDF format upon successful completion of the course via the eLearning system.

Course Content

  • Developing a Cyber Security Assessment and Plan.
  • Designing mitigation measures that are most appropriate.
  • Putting in place the correct structures, roles, responsibilities, and processes.
  • The management of security incidents or breaches.
  • The highlighting of key national and international standards and regulations that must be reviewed and followed.

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LAST UPDATED ON Nov 30, 2022