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Online Cyber Security Strategy for Vessels

Worldwide incidents of Cyber Attack on shipping are rising dramatically every year, and vessel vulnerability to these attacks is also on the increase - as systems become more and more automated and connected. Whether carrying cargo, passengers or vehicles, ships are becoming more dependent on the use of digital and communications technologies throughout their operational lifespans. As shipping systems become more and more complex, so does their vulnerability to attacks from cyber criminals, who have demonstrated the ability to penetrate the systems used by the maritime industry, with potentially disastrous consequences to life, property, and the environment.

  • Approved by the CPD Accreditation Board
  • Fully Online Training Course and Official Assessments
  • Comprehensive Course Notes downloads
  • Take the course at your own pace and convenience
  • Revisit past study prior to taking any assessments
  • Rapid turnaround on official CPD Approved course certificate

About the Course:

The ‘Cyber Security Awareness for Vessels' course examines the Cyber Security threats that exist, both generally and specifically within the maritime environment. The course examines the weaknesses that there may be in ship IT and OT systems, and how they may be exploited - and then goes on to look at the measures that can be taken to mitigate and defend against these types of threats.

This course sets out practicable best-practice guidance on areas such as:

  • Developing a Cyber Security Assessment and Plan.
  • Designing mitigation measures that are most appropriate.
  • Putting in place the correct structures, roles, responsibilities, and processes.
  • The management of security incidents or breaches.
  • The highlighting of key national and international standards and regulations that must be reviewed and followed.

Awarding Body:


Target Audience

This online course has been created to advise senior shipping personnel, responsible for the on-board security of a variety of ships' systems; and will be of benefit to all those with authority for vessel security and business continuity. The course can be used as an intrinsic part of an organisation's overall risk management, and is intended to be used by those with accountability for protecting the ships (both when underway and when at port), crew, other personnel, cargo, cargo transport units and ship's stores from the risk of a security-related incident.

This course can be studied by:

  • Ships' senior officers (for example, the Captain, First Officer and Chief Engineer).
  • Maritime Insurers.
  • Board members of organisations with one or more vessels.
  • Personnel with authority for the day-to-day operation of maritime communications systems, operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT).

This course is also suitable for persons involved in:

  • Management of specific security tasks, including security breach and response to security incidents.
  • Policy creation relating to staff behaviour codes.
  • The design, specification, building and maintenance of ships.
  • Ship and cargo insurance.
  • Third party contractual arrangements.
  • The specification, design, development, integration, commissioning, use and maintenance of maritime systems, including related technology and software.
  • The financial and operational management of a ship or fleet.

Course Duration:

The course duration is approximately 4 to 5 hours, depending on the learner’s abilities and reading speed. Please note that you can enter and exit this course as often as you require but you must complete each assessment in one sitting as they will reset if you exit during an assessment phase.

Course Subjects

The course contains the following topics:


  • Course Contents, Target Audience and Aims
  • Introduction to Cyber Security
  • Course Usage Instructions

Section 1: Understanding Cyber Security

  • What is Cyber Security?
  • Cyber Security Threats
  • Threat Actor Groups
  • Ship Assets and Cyber Security

Section 2: Developing a Cyber Security Assessment & Plan

  • What is a Cyber Security Assessment (CSA)?
  • Developing and Reviewing the CSA
  • What is a Cyber Security Plan (CSP)?
  • Developing and Reviewing the CSP

Section 3: Everyday Management of Cyber Security

  • Day-to-day Management of Cyber Security
  • Mitigation Measures
  • Handling Security Breaches and Incidents

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Certification

This course is fully approved by the CPD Accreditation Group which is an internationally recognised certification. Learners will receive an electronic copy of the official course certificate in PDF format upon successful completion of the course via the eLearning system. Each of these CPD Certificates will provide the following information to the learner:

  • Course Title
  • CPD Course Approval Number and associated Points
  • Unique Reference Number
  • Score and Completion Date

£55.00 Ex VAT

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