The Future of Maritime Cyber Security

15th July 2014


Maritime security is extremely important for the UK and for the global economy. The UK relies on maritime routes in order to import energy, food and goods which sustain the nation. If those routes were compromised or if natural gas tankers, food transporters and cargo ships were unable to reach the island nation the affects would be catastrophic. International trade takes place predominantly through shipping, with people and even data (through submarine cables) travelling through the maritime environment.

Cyber security is an area of increasing interest to business and governments who operate in the maritime environment. This workshop took place with the support of DCDC (Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre) with participants from government, military and private enterprise. Four major topics were discussed: information, logistics, people and platforms.


The Future of Maritime Cyber Security


Dr Daniel Prince: Security Lancaster

Dr Daniel Prince is an associate director and business partnerships manager for Security Lancaster. Prior to this he was the course director for the multi-disciplinary MSc in Cyber Security teching penetration testing, digital forensics and information security risk management.

Daniel completed his undergraduate studies in Computer Systems Engineering in 2000 and went onto complete his PhD in Programmable Ad Hoc Networks in 2004. During his PhD he extensively worked with Mobile IPv6, working to complete an Implementation of Cisco IOS and as part of a team worked to implement the protocol in Windows CE. 

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Dr Mark Lacy: Security Lancaster

Mark Lacy is an associate director of SecurityLancaster, leading the SecurityFutures stream. I hold a PHD in International Relations (University of Sussex, UK, 2001). Prior to my work on SecurityLancaster I was part of a team that set up an inter-disciplinary theme year in our Institute of Advanced Studies on New Sciences of Protection: Designing Safe Living' (2007-2008). New Sciences of Protection brought together designers, technologists and social sciences to collaborate in various ways on emerging security problems and their social, economic and political impacts. The SecurityFutures stream of the centre is a space where we can create dialogue and collaboration on the future of cybersecurity in an age of 'digital geopolitics,' bringing together people from business, academia and the protection industries to create new perspectives on security and global politics.

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Oliver Fitton: Security Lancaster

Oliver Fitton is a PhD candidate in the Politics, Philosophy and Religion Department at Lancaster University. His Phd in International Relations looks at digital civilians in conflict. This work encapsulates hacktivism, citizen journalism, cyber army and online groups. In 2013 Oliver completed an MA in International Relations at Lancaster University where his dissertation focused on the operations of the Syrian Electronic Army.

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Dr Basil Germond: Security Lancaster

Dr Basil Germond holds an interdisciplinary MA in International Relations, a MRes in International History and Politics and a PhD in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies and the University of Geneva. Before joining Lancaster, Basil was Researcher at the Centre for Sustainable Development (UCLan), Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews and Visiting Research Fellow with the Oxford-Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War, University of Oxford. Basil is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS).

His main field of specialization is international security in general and the maritime dimension of security in particular. His current security research projects deal with the maritime dimension of European security and the geopolitics of European borders and maritime frontiers.