Be Cyber Aware campaign launches free cyber training video for seafarers

Still of Be Cyber Aware cyber security film. Credit Fidra Films

The practical and non-technical film aims to teach crew and shoreside personnel top tips to prevent cyber attacks.

A free film teaching seafarer’s and shore-based personnel about how to prevent cyber-attacks has been launched by Be Cyber Aware at Sea.

The six-minute ‘Be Cyber Aware at Sea’ film targets seafarer’s, their shore-based colleagues in shipping offices, logistics and transport businesses and those in maritime organisations. It provides simple, non-technical advice about the kind of threats that seafarers might face, from email phishing scams to plugging in USB devices into ECDIS ports.

Jordan Wylie, founder of the initiative Be Cyber Aware at Sea, said that his research found that 80% of cyber-attacks at sea are a result of human factors, for example crew clicking on email attachments that contain malware. However, crew may not engage with cyber training if the message is too technical or dry, he explained. “I know that I get confused when I hear buzz words like IoT, digitisation, automisation, which all boils down to greater speed, efficiency and cost savings,” said Wylie. “But everyone seems to have forgotten about these very important people, the seafarers, who design ships, build ships, crew ships and operate ships. The human firewall is shipping’s greatest asset but also its biggest vulnerability if we don't tackle the problem.”

To accompany the main training film there is a series of six shorter films that cover different cyber security subject areas: phishing scams, web browsing, personal devices, social media, password use and sexploitation. The videos can all be watched without sound using subtitles, which are currently only in English but will soon be in other languages, according to .

The film can be viewed here: link to and is free to watch and share. Adrian Harrow, from communications and satellite company NSSLGlobal, said that it will be putting the film out on VSAT so that all seafarers are able to view it.

The project was co-funded by lead sponsors NSSLGlobal along with OCIMF, Standard P&I Club and Teekay. The project was further supported by City of Glasgow College Nautical Faculty, the CSOA, JWC International and Samskip.

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