How can deck cadets of the future deal with cyber security, marine tech and personal data management when working in jobs at sea? Cyber security is an issue that businesses and organizations of all sizes and across all industries need to take seriously.

When systems and networks are unsecured or software requires updating and is easy prey for the latest viruses, both shipping company and personal data are wide open to hacks and theft.

Should cadets be responsible for cyber security and marine tech?

And even if the IT team responsible for ensuring the safety of a shipping company’s network has done their job, if they aren’t keeping you up to speed with practices, you may still be at risk.

Traditionally shipping companies have been slow adopters of the latest marine tech with ‘cloud’ being used more often than not to do with the weather forecast than a secure online storage system!

But jobs at sea are changing and as a future deck cadet, your generation will be instrumental in helping to effect crucial changes within the maritime industry, helping to make life at sea safer in terms of cyber security.

In fact BIMCO have already started to tackle the issue of cyber security at sea with their new clause.

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How to deal with cyber security in maritime jobs

On a personal level, common sense is everything when it comes to keeping yourself, and the shipping companies you work for, safe online. Are you guilty of using the same passwords to access all your accounts? Are those passwords overly simple and easy to crack?

You'd be surprised how many people use "123456" or "password" to log in!

Is the software you use updated and running on the latest version? Are you 110% sure that the links you click on or documents you open in emails are from who they say they are? There's more to marine tech than Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things - it can just as easily refer to logging in to your accounts when onboard.

How to manage personal data

The best way of ensuring you're secure when you're online, both on dry land and at sea, is to be using programs and software that are encrypted, secure and developed by a trustworthy source.

For shipping companies that are using best practices, this means ensuring that all personal data is stored using an advanced software solution and that all employees and contractors are trained and up-to-date with processes and systems, whether they're working in shore based maritime jobs or in jobs at sea.

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Martide and marine tech

If you're a deck cadet, able seaman, oiler, fitter or any other rank looking for new jobs at sea, Martide can help. We're always looking for qualified seamen for our prestigious clients in the maritime industry.

Download our free (and secure!) mobile app today from Google Play for Android phones or the Apple Store for iPhones, register an account, create your seafarer profile (AKA your online maritime resume) and start browsing some great maritime jobs now.