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Cyberattacks cause millions in damage to ports

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Could blockchain technology be an effective approach to protecting systems?

When it comes to safety and security in maritime logistics, cybersecurity is the central focus. Incidents like the NotPetya attack on Maersk are impressive signs that we can’t let our guard down. To the contrary: sustained efforts will be needed to defend against cyberattacks. In a current position paper, the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL) in Bremen tackles this subject and describes the measures needed to mitigate the risks from cyberspace.


Graphic: Port community system is connected with the following circles. Shipping company, customs, truck, train, inland waterway vessel, freights forwarder, public agency, terminal, and shipper.
Figure: Multilateral communication network in port traffic with examples of bilateral communication processes (source: ISL)


After a brief introduction into the relevance of sea traffic and the increasing use of IT systems (see figure), the position paper takes a look at the following aspects:

  • Ports and maritime players have become the focus of cybersecurity
  • The damage can be massive
  • Individual measures are not enough
  • Nothing will work without collaboration
  • Is blockchain the solution?
  • Prevention and healing – finding the right mixture of reactive and proactive measures

The PDF “Cyberattacks cause millions in damage to ports – Could blockchain technology be an effective approach to protecting Systems?”document is available as a free download under

and represents the next installment in a series of position papers that the ISL is publishing, in coordination with its scientific advisory board, on current topics from the shipping and logistics domains and making available to an interested public.

Dr. Nils Meyer-Larsen, Project Manager ISL – Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics


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On October 30th, the “Maritimes Cluster Nordeutschland” Germany invites to the Event Cyber Security For Maritime Infrastructures in Bremerhaven. Ralf Kempf, managing director in the AKQUINET group, explains important building blocks of a Cyber Security strategy with practical examples. Look forward to the subsequent panel discussion on cyber security in the port Industry.

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