Stephen McCombie, professor Maritime IT Security: “The scenario was based on a combination of real incidents. The exercise helped the Coastguard team understand some the peculiar challenges of a cyber-attack and where they can be better prepared in the future.”
Bastiaan Maltha, program manager Maritime Security at the Netherlands Coastguard: “We don’t ask ourselves if a maritime cyber incident will happen on the North Sea, but when it will happen. However, due to the exercise we realized a maritime cyber incident might be even more complex than we previously imagined. Although we are well prepared to handle maritime incidents in general, the specifics of a cyber incident require some additional expertise and tools. With the insights from this exercise, we are better prepared for such an event, and we have a clearer view of where further improvement efforts should focus on.”
The exercise finished with a media conference role play in which the acting director, Edwin van der Pol, gave a brief of the cyber incident and answered questions.