Airbus D&S Collaborates on Maritime Crime Fighting Tool


Airbus Defence and Space has partnered with the CSO Alliance, a maritime community of Company Security Officers (CSOs), to build a secure online reporting platform to help counter maritime crime on a global scale.

The platform will be ready for launch in early October 2017 and will offer the CSOs and Company Information Security Officers (CISOs) with a worldwide, voluntary and anonymous incident reporting portal for assessing physical, as well as cyber, threat activities.

Many organisations have started developing preventative measures against cyber crime after Maersk Line, the largest container shipping company in the world, saw many of its terminals attacked by malware in June this year.

Major names including BIMCO, INTERTANKO and INTERCARGO recently united to form the second edition of The Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships, which outlines how the industry can tackle cybersecurity issues.

Olivier Surly, Head of Maritime Solutions at Airbus Defence and Space, said: “The evolving physical threats and cyber-attacks that the Maritime Industry faces are still vastly under-reported.

“Building upon our strong and established experience in Maritime Domain Awareness, we are supporting CSO Alliance to develop an effective and collective tool which will empower ship owners and operators, ports, insurers, flag states and classification societies to improve overall safety and security.”

Mark Sutcliffe, Managing Director of CSO Alliance, commented: “The ecosystem and collaborations our joint initiative with Airbus and digital partner Wididi fosters will save CSOs and CISOs time.

“By ensuring that not only captains and crews, but the wider maritime supply chain are fully briefed on the cyber threats we all face too, risk is more accurately assessed and we achieve security through community.”