Cyber Security Panel Debate at MECSS 2017

“A new strain of ransomware nicknamed ‘Bad Rabbit’ has been found spreading in Russia, Ukraine and elsewhere” reported the media as recently as 24 October.

Hardly a day goes by without news of a fresh cyber-attack. Organisations as diverse as Maersk and the UK’s National Health Service have suffered attacks and increasingly the message from cyber security specialists is “think not ‘if we get attacked’ but ‘when’, and be prepared”.

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology’s (IMarEST) Marine Electrical and Control Systems Safety Conference (MECSS 2017), being held in Glasgow on 22 and 23 November, will feature a highly topical Cyber Security Panel Debate entitled ‘Maturity, commonalities and differences in approaches to cyber security across transport’, organised by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in collaboration with IMarEST, and designed to help delegates prepare for the attack that will be coming their way.

“The IET Code of Practice: Cyber Security for Ships published in September lies at the heart of the debate, which will take place at the end of the first day of MECSS 2017,” explains MECSS 2017 Conference Chairman, Kevin Daffey, Director Engineering & Technology, Marine at Rolls-Royce.

“The debate will build on previous successful collaborations between IMarEST and IET, as well as providing additional focus from two major Professional Engineering Institutions (PEIs) for this rapidly emerging and complex area for the maritime sector and wider industry.

“The IET’s Code, commissioned by the Department for Transport and launched by Transport Minister Lord Callanan on 13 September during London Shipping Week, certainly helped to focus attention on some of the dire results of successful cyber-attacks.

These could include physical harm to the system or the shipboard personnel or cargo (potentially endangering lives or the loss of the ship); the loss of sensitive information, including commercially sensitive or personal data; and criminal activity, including kidnap, piracy, fraud, theft of cargo, or the imposition of ransomware,” he adds before diving deeper into the session.

“Hugh Boyes, Managing Director at Bodvoc Ltd, who was heavily involved in the creation of the IET Code of Practice, will chair the session with Robert Oates, Software-Intensive Systems Engineer, Rolls-Royce (who will deliver his paper on ‘Chains, links and lifetime: Robust security for autonomous maritime systems’ immediately before the panel discussion); Peter Davies, Technical Director, Thales e-Security; Tim Rawlins, Director, NCC Group; Mark Lavis-Jones, Account Director, Advanced Cyber Solutions, Raytheon UK; and Professor Kevin Jones, Executive Dean, Faculty of Science & Engineering, University of Plymouth among the panellists.

“I have no doubt that we will all come away from a stimulating 75-minute discussion much wiser and more prepared than we were, and ready to carry on discussing what we have heard at the Conference Reception hosted by the City of Glasgow which follows,” adds Kevin Daffey. “We are grateful to The Lord Provost and Glasgow City Council for holding this end-of-day event.”

MECSS 2017 is organised by FIGS Events Limited on behalf of IMarEST at the University of Strathclyde’s Technology & Innovation Centre (TIC) in Glasgow, with an Industrial Visit to the University’s Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) open to all delegates the day before the official proceedings begin.

QinetiQ is the Principal Sponsor, and MECSS numbers The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), US Office of Naval Research Global (ONRG); SAFETY4SEA; GREEN4SEA; Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), and Glasgow City Council amongst its supporting organisations.

Full details on all aspects of MECSS is at

MECSS 2017 Technical Advisory Committee:
The Technical Advisory Committee is drawn from experts in industry, academia and the military with the aim to develop and steer the technical programme for the event.
·   (Chairman) Kevin Daffey – Rolls-Royce
·   Prof Campbell Booth – University of Strathclyde
·   Paul Eaton – GE Power Conversion
·   Andrew Edmondson – BAE Systems Submarines
·   Duncan Gould – Disney Cruise Line
·   Pim Janse – Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding
·   Jamie McCarthy – Rolls-Royce Marine Electrical Systems
·   Dr Bob Meggs – BMT Defence Services
·   Kees Posthumus – Defence Materiel Organisation, the Netherlands
·   Jeremy Richardson – Shell Shipping and Maritime Technology
·   Helen Rickerby – BP Shipping
·   Derek Robinson – Babcock International Group
·   Peter Rogers – Wärtsilä SAM Electronics GmbH
·   C/O (SE) Mark Royston-Tonks RFA – Ministry of Defence, UK
·   Mel Scott – QinetiQ
·   Bernard Twomey – Rolls-Royce
·   Richard Vie FREng
·   Shaun White – Atlantic Pacific Marine

What is IMarEST?
IMarEST is the international professional body and learned society for all marine professionals. With over 20,000 members in 128 countries, the IMarEST is the first Institute to bring together marine engineers, marine scientists and marine technologists into one international multi-disciplinary professional body.

In addition to a wide range of services, including publishing The Marine Professional, the Institute organises Learned Society events for its members and the wider industry, these include: the Engine As A Weapon International Symposia (EAAW); Marine Electrical and Control Systems Safety Conference (MECSS) and the International Naval Engineering Conference and Exhibition (INEC) incorporating the International Ship Control Systems Symposium (iSCSS); the Learned Society events are organised by FIGS Events Limited on behalf of IMarEST.

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