The Norwegian National Security Authority (NSM) has warned of an increase in the number of cyber-attacks targeting several different sectors since June this year. It said that both the maritime sector and the oil and gas sector had been victims of such targeted attacks.

The scope of these campaigns and the following incidents have been global, but companies in the United States of America, Europe, and the Middle East have been the main targets.

“The threat actors have demonstrated high ability and capacity to conduct their operations. It has been reported attempts of digital activity with malicious intent against some companies,” NSM added.

“Companies and organisations should be prepared for continuous activity in the short to medium term.”

Norwegian P&I club Gard has recommended ship operators and seafarers report all suspicious activity and breaches of security to their flag administrations and/or national security authorities, as this would support their work to monitor ongoing cyber threats and risks.

In a note to members, Gard has also reminded ship operators that cyber risks needed to be appropriately addressed in ships’ existing safety management systems, as defined in the ISM Code, no later than the first annual ISM audit after January 1st 2021.