By Chris Stokes, Director of Development, Equiom Yachting
Cyber-attacks are an increasing worry for superyachts. With access to a wide range of technical systems and networks on board, there are several entry points for hackers, not to mention the indirect threat to yacht management firms and their networks. With that in mind, I give you five reasons why yacht owners should review the cybersecurity on their yacht.
1. Increasingly complex technology and automation is making vessels more vulnerable to cyber-attacks.
With modern technology and the use of electronic chart display and information systems, the options for hackers to find a way in are multiplying. Even GPS systems could be easily hacked.
2. Yacht owners are likely to be conducting a number of private activities on board.
From personal emails to confidential business calls and transactions, they have private and often valuable data on their server that could be vulnerable to cyber-attacks.
3. Charter guests want the comfort that their assets are secure.
It could simply be surfing the internet that leaves them open to threats of stolen data and invasion of their privacy. Protecting guests should be at the top of the list for yacht owners.
4. Smart-home technology is at risk of being hacked.
Smart technology is used to turn on lights, power up jacuzzi jets and even for raising and lowering anchors. Although it may be innovative, its security is not always reliable and it has been proven that these systems are often easily hacked.
5. It is difficult to keep track of crew members’ activities.
Are they using strong enough passwords? Have they inserted USB sticks or visited insecure websites? As with traditional businesses, employees are our greatest asset, but they could also be the window to a cyber-attack without the right controls in place.
Equiom has engaged global cybersecurity services provider, SureCloud in a referral agreement for SureCloud to help clients remediate risks to assets, networks and data posed by cyber-attacks. We have been serving the yachting industry for more than 30 years and understand the importance of protecting your most valued assets.
This article has been carefully prepared, but it has been written in general terms and should be seen as broad guidance only. The article cannot be relied upon to cover specific situations and you should not act, or refrain from acting, upon the information contained therein without obtaining specific professional advice. Please contact Equiom to discuss these matters in the context of your particular circumstance. Equiom Group, its partners, employees and agents do not accept or assume any liability or duty of care for any loss arising from any action taken or not taken by anyone in reliance on the information in this article or for any decision based on it.