Maritime experts gather to define cybersecurity research challenges

By Dr. Joseph DiRenzo III, American Military University and Fred S. Roberts, CCICADA at Rutgers University

In June, the Maritime Cyber Research Summit (MCRS) was held at the Cal Maritime Safety and Security Center. This summit was an intensive focus session on maritime cybersecurity risks and vulnerabilities.

This summit built upon key challenges presented in March by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) during the Maritime Cyber Security Symposium, which was jointly organized by Rutgers University CCICADA DHS Center of Excellence and American Military University.

Although the MCRS was initially envisioned to comprise a small group of interested subject matter experts, the response from the maritime community exceeded the expectations of event coordinators. High attendance at this event confirmed that there are considerable strategic concerns in the maritime community relative to operational cybersecurity issues.

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