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IMO leaves cyber security to the industry

The IMO Maritime Safety Committee has discussed the growing threat of cyber crime against the shipping industry. Guidelines for how the industry is to handle the threat will now be compiled by Bimco.

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Cyber crime is mentioned by still more players as an increasing threat in the industry, and the topic has now landed on the desk of the IMO, where the threat featured on the agenda at the latest meeting of the UN organization's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC).

"The most significant discussion concerned the degree to which the IMO should work with cyber crime on land and mainly at the ports. There was agreement on this subject, that the main qualification of the IMO was the vessels, along with the fact that the port is mostly subject to national regulations and in addition to this, is very closely connected to its physical hinterland," explains Erik I. Tvedt, Special Adviser at the Danish Maritime Authority, who participated as the Danish representative at the meeting in the MSC, which took place last week.

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