Maritime Cyber Resilience Forum –
Athens, May 7

The biggest challenge with maritime cyber security could simply be explained as deciding what to do about it.

On one hand we have massive dangers, such as using a ship as a weapon – but do we need to worry about this, considering we already give seafarers control of the vessel?

On the other hand we have a consistent stream of phishing attacks, virus fraud attempts and viruses. But considering that operational software is actually not critical to operations in most companies, in that a shipping company could function for days just with paper and telephone if it had to, how much of a risk is that really?

And what do we do about ‘people’? It is common to hear security professionals complain about the silly mistakes that people make,  but rather than send people on courses to hear advice they soon forget, it may be better to block USB drives and access to external e-mail, and implement software whitelists, rather than give people freedom and complain when they make mistakes.

There are some very specific risks – such as viruses on an ECDIS or GPS spoofing – which are possible to mitigate, so long as we are aware of them.  

There are also some serious threats of attacks by government organisations, such as for tanker companies in service of national oil companies owned by target governments. But perhaps these attackers have better targets than shipping companies.

Confirmed Speakers include:

  • Dimitris Lyras, Managing Director, Ulysses Systems

  • Panteliemon Pantelis, Chief Operating Officer, Ulysses Systems

  • Bill Nikolopoulos, Security Engineer and Team Leader, Checkpoint

  • Achilleas Choursoglou, Information Technology Advisor, A.M.M.I.TE.C.

  • Kostas Grivas, Information Security Officer, Angelicoussis Group

  • Fotis Tsitsirigkos, Fleet IT Manager, Euronav

  • Erik Vigen, Senior Developer, GNSS Scientist, Fugro Oceanstar™

  • Hanne Krohn Jünge, International Sales Manager, Master Mariner, Fugro Oceanstar™

  • Matthew Maheras, IT Manager, Metrostar Management Corp.

  • Thanos Servos, IT Manager, Seaven Tanker and Dry Management

  • Konstantinos Sakellakos, IT Manager, NAVARONE SA

  • Theodoros Kalyvas, Information Security Officer, Olympic Shipping Management

  • George Efthimiou, IT Administrator and Security Expert, Gourdomichalis Maritime

  • Daniel Nima, ICS Cyber Security Manager, Darktrace

  • George Venianakis, Director, MSS Platform, Global Engineering, Speedcast

  • Dr. Konstantinos Papapanagiotou, Senior Manager, Cyber Security Solutions, OTE

  • Charalampos Ligoutsikos, Company Security Officer, Prime Marine 

  • Themistoklis Sardis, IT Manager, Costamare 

  • Thrasyvoulos Tampakakis, Technical Solutions Engineer, OTESAT_Maritel 

  • Zeppos Galanos, Information Security Officer, KONKAT ATE on behalf of AVIN International Ltd.

  • Stavros Koutoupes, Sales Manager, World Link Communications

  • Antonis Proimadis, Senior Security Engineer, Fortinet

Our Athens Maritime Cyber Resilience Forum on May 7 aims to provide perspective about where the real threats are in the maritime industry, and what to do about them.

Session 1: Designing Security Frameworks

Session 3: Improving Security on the Vessel

Session 2: People-Centric Approach to Cyber Security

Session 4: Maximizing Input from Technology Companies to Improve Security of the Vessel

Call for speakers – if you have interesting new ideas to discuss relevant to maritime cyber security, particularly common sense methods, and particularly if you are able to discuss your own or your company’s experiences with hackers and security, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact Vaida Stockunaite, conference producer, on