Ensuring OT cybersecurity requires a coordinated, layered approach

Peter Krahenbuhl, WinGD, HR

Source: WinGD

Ensuring operational technology (OT) cybersecurity onboard ships requires cross-industry collaboration and a layered and lifecycle approach.

In a recent white paper, KVH highlights that the number of attacks in maritime increased by 33% in 2021, following a 900% increase in 2020.

Rather than the data focus of IT, OT includes any hardware or software used to control and monitor industrial control systems (DCS, PLCs, Scada, etc) such as onboard automation, propulsion, and remote-control systems. It includes the hardware and software used to control and monitor the systems and the infrastructure that connects the different devices/nodes together.

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