Imagine having your guest’s / owners identities stolen or laptops infected due to poor on-board digital security. Hacking is now big business. Over the last few years hackers have become ever more sophisticated resulting in bigger data breaches.
Hacking is now big business. Over the last few years hackers have become ever more sophisticated resulting in bigger data breaches.
- 2013, Yahoo 1,000,000,000 user details stolen
- 2014, JP Morgan Chase 76,000,000 user details stolen
- 2016, Friend Finder 412,000,000 user details stolen
- 2016, Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook CEO), Sundar Pichai (Google CEO) and Jack Dorsey (Twitter CEO) all had their personal accounts hacked.
With that in mind, you might want to think about how sensitive the data you hold on your network is and what would be the liability if your yachts network was compromised.
IT security is a massive topic covering hardware, software and training. The following points are to make you think about your yachts network and crew and to make you start asking the right questions.
- Do you have IT Security as part of crew familiarization?
- Do you routinely change system passwords when a crew member leaves the yacht?
- Is Antivirus / firewall / systems updates Included in the yachts routine maintenance checklist?
- Do you have a procedure for when any of the computers on the yacht (Bridge, Crew or Guest) becomes compromised.
- Are your bridge computers, Crew WiFi and Guest WiFi all on a separately firewalled networks? If so great, what about the entertainment system?
- Do your crew stream / download movies from less than reputable websites. Are those same computers then plugged into the yachts network?
- Do you allow your crew to plug their phones into the bridge computers to charge them?
- Do you allow USB drives to be plugged into any computer on the yacht?
- Do you have offsite backup? What would happen if you were unable to access any of the data on your yachts network just before a port state control?
- VPN’s. Yachts are built, to high specifications and the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) installers do excellent work. What you may not know is that along with the engines, air conditioning or AV/IT equipment, OEMs may also be installing VPNs. These are effectively back-doors into your yachts network.
- Does any of your yacht’s systems get automatic firmware updates? If yes, what would happen if that system shut down when you were at sea or about to dock?
How Strong is your password
You may not be a network engineer but you can keep a strong password.
This website shows you how secure your password is and explains why.
Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a security method that requires two different ways of proving your identity. Normally something you know, like your pin code and something you have like your phone or a bank card. Chances are you already do this for online banking. You should also add this to other accounts such as Gmail or Yahoo as well as Facebook
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Cyber Essentials documents, a free download