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About this course

This two-hour course forms module one of a four module cyber security suite.

This first module is suitable for all roles and all abilities and is relevant to anyone who uses a vessel and IT or OT system.

The course is fully computer-based learning and is accessible 24/7.

What you'll learn

We all know the basics of cyber security: protecting our passwords, watching out for phishing emails, and being careful about what we download. However, technology is constantly changing. We must reflect and update our skills to deal with the evolving threats the maritime industry faces.

This module alone constitutes a complete training course for the majority of crew/shore staff. It can be built upon by those with roles either with a greater dependency on IT or OT systems, or those who administer and/or are responsible for such systems for all vessel and shore-based personnel who interact with IT and operational equipment.

The course provides an introduction and overview of basic cyber security principles and best practice as defined by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

Produced in partnership with cyber security experts, Cyber Prism, this introductory online course aims to improve cyber security awareness knowledge and further develop skills to identify, protect, risk manage and recover from cyber security threats in the maritime domain.

Upon successful completion of the course, and passing the online exam, you will receive a Warsash Maritime certificate of attainment which also counts towards two hours of Continued Professional Development training.

You will also receive a technical ‘jargon’ glossary alongside a list of effective guidelines for implementation.

This two-hour course helps you evaluate your habits and develop good cyber hygiene on board and in port. By the end of the course, you should have a clear understanding of the vulnerabilities which exist, the types of threats the industry faces, and what you need to do to protect yourself and your vessels.

The IMO has given ship owners and managers until 1 January 2021 to incorporate cyber risk management into ship safety. The course introduces you to the key principles of maritime cyber security and supports the adoption of best practice based on the following objectives:

  1. Develop awareness of cyber security threats, types of attacks and techniques used by attackers.
  2. Relate to computer system design and networks in relation to information technology and operational technology.
  3. Evaluate the methods of protecting data, maintaining privacy and system integrity.
  4. Be able to apply risk management strategies in order to delay, deter, deny, detect, defend and deal with cyber attacks.
  5. Understand the impacts and outcomes of successful cyber attacks and the post-incident actions required.
  6. Determine future automation and information technology concepts, and identify future cyber-security challenges.

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