Digital Ship’s Maritime Cyber Resilience Forum 5 September 2018, during SMM, Hamburg

PRESS RELEASE 17.07.2018


Digital Ship’s Maritime Cyber Resilience Forum

5 September 2018, during SMM, Hamburg

Digital Ship is excited to return to Hamburg, with the next in our series of Cyber Resilience Forums, taking place during SMM on 5 September 2018.

Cyber security is high on our agenda with ever-increasing threats being proven to disrupt 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 attacks, damage or security breaches. Ship operators need to analyse potential risks, explore legal aspects, and incorporate cyber resilience into their daily operations in order to organise business operations to reduce vulnerability.

In this era of the connected ship, with developments such as the cloud, IoT, electronic data exchange in the logistic chain, electronic navigation systems, we rely increasingly on technology, which makes cyber resilience business critical. So, how do we embed this into the maritime organisation, and how do we incorporate cyber security into all our systems and operations? If incidents occur, how do we respond and make the necessary contingency or recovery plans? We will also investigate regulations and guidelines to develop a safe, compliant, cyber capability in shipping.

The human factor is often claimed to be the weakest link. Ship operators need to increase cyber awareness both in the office and on-board. In this Forum, we will discuss ways to mobilise internal commitment, set up training and incorporate cyber awareness into daily procedures.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

Rear Admiral Nick Lambert, Director, NLA, Former UK National Hydrographer

Capt. Alfred Hartmann, President, VDR — German Shipowners‘ Association

Katerina Raptaki, IT Director, Navios Group

Aron Frank Sørensen, Head of Maritime Technology and Regulation, BIMCO

Capt. Kuzman Popov, HSEQ Manager, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines / MOL Tankships Management (Europe)

Björn Borbe, Senior Manager HR Sea, Essberger Crewing Services GmbH

Wayne Perks, Cyber Security Manager, Inmarsat

Carsten Cordes, Security Consultant, HEC GmbH

Julian Clark, Partner and Global Head of Shipping, Hill Dickinson LLP

Christof Schwaner, Director Communications & Digitalisation, VDR — German Shipowners‘ Association

Dr. Athanasios Drougkas, Officer, NIS — European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA)

Peter Schellenberger, Managing Director OSERV Pte Ltd, Supply Chain and Services, OSM Maritime Group

Building on the great success of the Maritime Cyber Resilience Forum in Rotterdam, Athens, Singapore and Hamburg last year, the 3 key sessions during this Digital Ship’s Maritime Cyber Resilience Forum Hamburg will contain plenary presentations and panel discussions:

Session 1: Facing the Cyber Threat: An Overview of Maritime Cyber Challenges and Focus on Building Resilience

  • What is the current cyber threat landscape?
  • What are the major cybersecurity risks and threats affecting the industry?
  • Is cyber the true disruptive innovation in maritime?
  • Reviewing the cyber threat across other sectors and lessons learnt.

Session 2: Business Planning and Cyber Preparedness

  • Balancing cyber resilience with the business case.
  • Best practices — modern connectivity.
  • Mitigating risk — Identify, assess, respond.
  • Safeguarding cyber security in an increasingly automated world.

Session 3: Training, Awareness & Human Factor

  • Turning guidance to training for the shipping industry.
  • How to asses and change an organisations behaviour to respond to the cyber threat.
  • Mobilising internal commitment on-board and on-shore.
  • Incorporating cyber awareness into daily operations and procedures. 

What previous attendees had to say:

“The conference was valuable to us in three main ways:

  1. Helping to build an appreciation of the scale and complexity of the maritime cyber threat.
  2. Emphasising the importance of human factors in tackling many aspects of the threat i.e. through awareness building and training.
  3. Identifying (and meeting!) many of the external stakeholders who may be able to contribute to addressing the threat e.g. trade associations, insurance brokers, consultants, academics and solution providers.”

Bill Briggs, Regional Security Advisor, Global Businesses and Functions, BP International Ltd 

“Digital Ship’s Cyber conferences are a great way to engage with subject matter and experts in an informed way, without the clutter of smoke and mirrors sales pitches – you get to the heart of the matter quickly.”

Andrew Webster, Partner, JLT 

“This conference showed the growing attention that the maritime world is paying to the topic of ‘Cyber’, underscoring the need for knowledge and expertise on the topic. The talks were varied and interesting and although the focus was on the risks, it was refreshing to see that there was also time to talk about the opportunities that cyber can provide.”

Edwin Edelenbos, Manager of Innovation, Oceanco 


For 17 years, Digital Ship has provided the digital and technical community of the world’s maritime industry with the latest news and developments, including satellite communications, software, navigation, vessel efficiency, cyber security, big data and analytics, and fleet management — to help keep the global shipping operating with maximum safety, efficiency and crew comfort.


Ankie Tooten, Conference Producer, Digital Ship

+ 31 621278275 |email:|

Cathy Hodge, Director, Digital Ship

+ 44 7956965857|email:|


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