Maritime Digital Training

Why The Maritime Sector Is Rapidly Turning To Digital Training? Taking steps to tackle maritime cyber-crime can only ever be a good thing. But when it comes to educating organisations to help them identify and prevent threats, it can be difficult to find the right training opportunities. Throw a pandemic into the mix, and it’s even trickier.

Here, we take a look at how organisations are adapting to new circumstances when it comes to training their staff, and how VIRSEC will help keep your crew prepared, and your business compliant.

Cyber-Security Training is Moving Online

As shipping companies come to rely more and more heavily on modern technology and digital processes, cyber-attacks continue to be a huge concern for the industry. It’s never been more important for those who manage vessels to have a strong security strategy in place. In fact – it’s mandatory.

Back in 2017, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted Resolution MSC.428(98) to properly address cyber risks within the industry. Now, shipping companies must follow strict guidance and recommendations outlined by the IMO to ensure their operations are protected from cyber-attacks. Under Resolution MSC.428(98), administrators are to ensure their existing safety management systems appropriately address cyber risks by their 2021 annual verification.

This regulatory overview summarises key parts of the IMO 2021 Cyber Security Measures, complete with cross-references to ISO/IEC 27001 and the Guidelines on Cyber Security on Board Ships.

To achieve this and maintain compliance with IMO guidelines, cyber security awareness training is crucial. But with many in-person courses currently suspended due to the ongoing pandemic, businesses across the globe have had no choice but to find a suitable alternative that allows team members to continue their maritime education. That’s where I (and the rest of the team at VIRSEC) can help.

VIRSEC: Leaders in Virtual Learning 

After discovering that many of our delegates were travelling from all over the world to attend our face-to-face training sessions, we decided to test the waters for online training. The feedback was unanimous; digitising our training courses was the way forward. We haven’t looked back since – and neither have our clients:

"I am so pleased to have found VIRSEC and take my training with them. As I live on one of the Scottish Isles, my nearest training centre is a plane or a boat ride away and if I had not been able to take the course online, I would not have been able to secure my new position. I would highly recommend it." – VIRSEC learner.

VIRSEC (formerly Virtual Training Centre) was the first to gain Approval from the Department for Transport’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to provide 100% online STCW ISPS courses; a ground-breaking achievement for VIRSEC and the sector.

Since then, our bespoke virtual training centre has gone from strength to strength, winning various accolades from the Maritime UK International Trade Award 2020, to the PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export Award for E-Commerce Exporter of the Year.

The Many Benefits of e-Learning

When digital learning first came about, there was a perception that it wasn’t as good as face-to-face training. But during my five years in the industry (and over the last 12 months in particular) I've seen first-hand the many benefits it has to offer. 

Not only does e-Learning provide more versatile learning opportunities; but our research demonstrates much higher retention rates when compared with classroom-delivered sessions. Why? Because it focuses on the individual.

Online training provides the learner the time to properly review, reflect, and revise in-depth material until they’re confident with each subject. With our courses, no-one gets left behind. Our online courses are flexible, so employers can tailor their training to fit around their work commitments.

If you’d like to find out more about our cyber security courses or any other sessions, don’t hesitate to call us 0161 763 4427. Alternatively, feel free to drop me a message here on LinkedIn – I’m always happy to help.


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