Crew cyber training for IMO requirements launched by The Nautical Institute

The Nautical Institute has introduced a new online course to help crew members identify and report cyber risks, as defined in the company’s SMS, policies and procedures, and assist shipping companies in meeting their IMO cyber obligations.

Developed in conjunction with HudsonCyber, the Maritime Cyber Awareness for Seafarers coursecan be usedto demonstrate that crew members have received training to address cyber risks in compliance with the IMO requirements introduced at the start of 2021 that call on shipping companies to address cyber risks in their safety management systems (SMS).

“Properly trained and resourced, seafarers are a line of defence stronger than all the firewalls and privileges operators can muster,” said Captain John Lloyd, the Institute’s CEO.

“We are very pleased to have partnered with HudsonCyber to develop this timely short course. It will support the maritime sector as it implements the IMO regulations introduced this year and will help everyone understand why managing cyber risk is not simply a matter for the IT department, but the responsibility of everybody.”

Training will cover a range of cyber risks affecting the maritime industry, showing how cyber threats can impact seafarer roles and the safety of life at sea. The course is offered in a three-hour module comprising video content, supplementary reading material and a 20 question self-test. Module 1 is now available, delivering training in baseline cyber security awareness.

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