A Database Tracking Maritime Cyber Attacks

International researchers led by Professor Stephen McCombie at NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands have launched the Maritime Cyber Attack Database (MCAD), a database of incidents involving the worldwide maritime sector. 

The database lists more than 160 incidents which demonstrate the relevance and vulnerabilities of cyber security across the board in today’s maritime industry.

The database not only includes incidents affecting ships, but also ports and other global maritime facilities. 
The research group expects that the database will help raise awareness of cyber security in the industry and provide data for further research and more accurate simulations in this critical area. “The database is aimed at creating a safer world in which the Global Maritime Transportation System (GMTS) can respond to threats that will only increase in number and impact... With this public database, we are raising awareness of cyber incidents in the maritime sector and creating opportunities for further investigation by our research group, led by Stephen McCombie and our partners,” according to Peter Mulder, Director of the ICT & Creative Technologies academy at NHL Stenden:

One of the applications of the database is to develop simulations of maritime cyber incidents that are realistic and relevant, so that companies, organisations, and ports can prepare for attacks.

The research group will also use the MCAD to produce reports and research papers showing trends and results of detailed analysis on subsets of the data. “The database is not a one-off but will be regularly updated and supplemented. For the first investigation, we searched manually, but now we are developing with artificial intelligence (AI) to automate the identification of new incidents from open sources and find out more details about already known incidents.” Professor McCombie said

The research group expects the database will help improve cyber security awareness in the sector and provide data for further research and more accurate simulations in this critical area.

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