Cybersecurity Aboard Ships : Future Implications

GMA 400L - Senior Seminar Research Lab

The technological advances in the last five years has been outstanding. In the shipping industry alone, technology is continuing to advance so much that some believe autonomous shipping for cargo ships will become a reality in less than five years. This will decrease shipping costs, reduce lives lost at sea, and allow for more research of the high seas. The benefits are close to eliminating the consequences of cybersecurity threats and attacks. The industry is not ready for autonomous ships because the cybersecurity of the current industry is not up to par. Billions of dollars could be lost in the transition from manned ships to unmanned. Evaluating the current risks in the industry will help evaluate the future implications of autonomous ships.