Peter Mulder, Academy Director ICT & Creative Technologies at NHL Stenden, states: “This database is aimed at creating a safer world, where the GMTS can respond to threats that will just continue to grow in numbers and impact. By creating this public database, we increase greater awareness about cyber incidents in the maritime sector, and we create data for further research by our research group as led by Professor Stephen McCombie, and our associated partners.”
One of the uses of the database is therefore to develop maritime cyber incident simulations that are realistic and relevant so that companies, organisation, ports and harbours can prepare for attacks. The research group will also use MCAD to produce reports and research papers showing trends and the results of detailed analysis on subsets of the data. McCombie: “The incident database is not a one-off and the collection will be regularly updated and augmented. While we searched manually for the initial research, we are now developing AI to help automate the identification of new incidents from open sources and identify further details on already known incidents.”
Call to contribute
The Maritime IT Security research group would like to thank Ernst & Young for their contribution to the realisation of the MCAD project and other research initiatives in this critical area. To provide a complete overview of all cyber security threats worldwide, the research group is asking corporations and other research institutions to contribute to the database. McCombie: "We welcome contributions from all and organisations can also report their own incidents. In the end, our mission is to capture the real scope of incidents worldwide as accurately as possible."