Building on the success of the Maritime Cyber Resilience Forums in Rotterdam, Athens and Hamburg in 2017, the Digital Ship Maritime Cyber Resilience Forum Rotterdam 2018 will address the issues that companies need to learn more about to meet the Cyber Challenge head on.

Cyber security is undoubtedly on our agenda with ever-increasing threats being proved able to disrupt our business continuity. Real life examples in the maritime industry, and related sectors including ports, terminals and the supply chain, clearly demonstrate the impact of cyber-attacks.

An up-to-date insight into the cyber-threat landscape is imperative to protect our business processes and data from cyber-attacks, damage or security breaches. Ship operators need to analyse potential risks, explore the legal aspects, and incorporate cyber resilience into their daily operations in order to organise business operations to reduce cyber vulnerability.

The human factor is often regarded the weakest link. Ship operators need to increase cyber awareness both in the office and onboard. In this Forum, we will discuss best practices, including ways to mobilise internal commitment, set up training and incorporate cyber awareness into procedures.

Four focused sessions will cover the following key topics, and more:

  • Session 1: Facing the Cyber Threat: An Overview of Maritime Cyber Challenges and Focus on Building Resilience
  • Session 2: Business Planning and Cyber Preparedness
  • Session 3: New Developments in Maritime Cyber Regulations and Guidelines
  • Session 4: Training, Awareness & the Human Factor 

Speakers and Panellists confirmed to participate include:

René de Vries, Harbour Master, Port Cyber Resilience Officer, Port of Rotterdam

Marco van Rijsinge, Company Security Officer, Spliethoff Group

Ken Munro, Security Entrepreneur & Writer, Pen Test Partners

Pete Adsett, IT Manager & Certified Ethical Hacker, MOL LNG

Jack Hatcher, Legal Director & Mariner, Hill Dickinson LLP

Ian MacLean, Partner, Hill Dickinson LLP

Andrew Webster, Partner, JLT Specialty

Matthijs van der Wel, Director Cyber Threat Intelligence & Incident Response, PwC

Prof. Dr Bibi van den Berg, Member, Dutch Cyber Security Council, Professor Cyber Security Governance & Head Research, Cyber Security Governance Institute Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University

Chris Henny, Project Manager, CSO Alliance

Joseph Carson, Chief Security Scientist, Thycotic

Chronis Kapaldis, Academy SNF Fellow, International Security Institute, Chatham House


The event offers many networking opportunities, including a post conference Networking Reception on 15 February.



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Cathy Hodge, Event Director, Digital Ship

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