Liberia launches computer based cyber and ship security training

OCTOBER 17, 2017 — The Liberian Registry has launched a Cyber and Ship Security Computer Based Training (CBT) program. It provides a comprehensive overview of cyber-security issues, including malware, network security, identity theft, risk management, and other common threats to maritime security.

"Cyber-attacks have been identified as among the most serious emerging threats to the security of today's shipping industry," says Jorgen Palmbak, Director of Maritime Security for the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the U.S.-based manager of the Liberian Registry. "Over 40% of crew members have reportedly sailed on a vessel that has become infected with a virus or malware — and only 1 in 8 crew members have received cyber-security training.

IMO has issued a resolution giving shipowners and managers until 2021 to incorporate cyber-risk management into their ship safety plans. The Liberian Registry believes that there is an immediate need for both crew and shore-based staff to receive cyber security training as part of an overall security skill-set update and has taken a proactive approach to the issue.

"The CBT program also provides a comprehensive overview of common maritime security threats, including the risk of criminal activity, threats to ship security, port-based drug-trafficking risks, security roles and responsibilities on board, and an introduction to the ISPS code," says Mr. Palmbak, noting that the program also covers issues relating to stowaways and piracy attacks.

The two-hour computer-based training program is divided into four modules, with ongoing evaluation through a series of questions. On successful completion of the training, a certificate is awarded.

The Cyber and Ship Security Computer-Based Training fulfills the requirements of STCW security awareness training. Additionally, the Liberian Registry's Seafarer Certification and Documentation Department will accept completion for its security awareness special qualification.

The training is recommended for all individuals, at all levels of seniority, who require enhanced training to deal with the threats faced by all companies, vessels, and crew.

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