CEDA Webinar 10 Set for June 27

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The Central Dredging Association (CEDA) has just announced that they will hold its next webinar – Cyber security: from awareness to empowerment, with a focus on the maritime/dredging industry – on 27 June 2017, from 14:00-15:00 (CEST).

The webinar presenter is Mark Luchs, PhD Candidate, Delft University of Technology, Cyber Security Group.

This webinar will provide an introductory discussion on the increasing threats to the essential data, documents and operations. It will also look at what can and should be done to defend against such threats, CEDA said in its announcement.


Both man and machine are becoming increasingly interconnected – a state dubbed ‘the hyper-connected world’ by the World Economic Forum.

There are many examples of security breaches such as the relatively recent Sony breach only a few months ago. Another example, closer to home, is the Shamoon Malware attack, in 2012, which took down 30,000 Saudi Aramco workstations and took the company months to recover from.

ICT systems are not the only ones being targeted. Research shows that attacks on control systems are on the rise.

“The infamous Stuxnet Malware attack left us in no doubt about the potential for digital attacks to cause physical damage, with the reported destruction of one-fifth of Iran’s enrichment centrifuges,” CEDA said.

Although the public examples from the dredging industry are not so prevalent, the challenges still apply. Questions about cyber security, and how to handle it, were posed at a CEDA Dutch Section event two years ago on the theme “Dredging in 2030” but the resultant debate produced no clear answers.

In addition, a report by Enisa, (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security), on cyber security with respect to the maritime industry, indicated that while the industry is labelled as a critical infrastructure in Europe, there is a significant lack of awareness and technical implementation amongst industry professionals and government officials.

Simply ignoring these challenges will not make them go away and interviews with security professionals indicate that the question is not if, but when, a breach to ones systems and/or equipment might occur, CEDA said.

Attendance to this CEDA webinar is free of charge, registration however, is required.


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