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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: OT Cybersecurity in the Era of Automated Shipping Operations

April 13, 2022 | 10:00 - 11:00 am CDT

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: OT Cybersecurity in the Era of Automated Shipping

The Good: The maritime industry has become highly automated, digitally-driven infrastructure that uses Operational Technology (OT) systems and networks to optimize tasks like loading and unloading cargo.

The Bad: Wherever automation is implemented to improve efficiency, there’s an increase in cyber risk that can affect both the vessels and port infrastructure.

The Ugly: When cyber attacks succeed, like the Maersk NotPetya malware incident in 2017, millions of dollars can be lost, not to mention the endangerment of the crew, environment and community.

In this webinar, we cover the most common cyber vulnerabilities in vessel systems and port operations and how they can be addressed as part of a comprehensive OT cybersecurity program while supporting the automation processes and efficiencies that are taking place at the different levels of the maritime shipping ecosystem.

What We Cover:

  • An overview of the impact OT cybersecurity has in the maritime industry
  • Cyber vulnerabilities that can cause interruptions with little effort or knowledge
  • Systems exposed in vessels and at port
  • Industry regulations and guidelines that prevent and address cyber risk
  • Strategies to implement a successful OT cybersecurity program

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Dennis Hackney

Dr. Dennis Hackney, Solutions Development Director, Industrial Cybersecurity, ABS Group

Dr. Dennis Hackney is the head of ABS Group Cybersecurity Services Development. With over 20 years of experience in technology security compliance, he specializes in the integration of IT and OT cyber risk management solutions. Dennis oversees the development of new cyber services for a diverse range of industries, executing programs that address today's most ominous cybersecurity needs and supporting the advancement of compliance and technology solutions. Dennis holds a PhD in Information Security, as well as degrees in Applied Science and Business Management.

Keon McEwen

Keon McEwen, SOC Manager, Industrial Cybersecurity, ABS Group

Keon McEwen is the Security Operations Center (SOC) Manager at ABS Group. With over seven years of experience in OT technologies, his expertise includes cybersecurity, control systems, automation and data. Keon has a strong knowledge of OT/ICS systems and related compliance requirements including NIST, IMO, ISO and NER CIP. Keon collaborates with clients and team leaders to manage threat alerts throughout the ISOC environment. Previously, he oversaw government cybersecurity projects and managed the ABS Group cyber lab where he introduced simulation and virtual capabilities from conception. In addition, Keon continues to introduce university students to maritime OT cybersecurity through developmental programs and coops, working with professors and student-faculty to increase the understanding and student base in OT cybersecurity. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in computers and embedded systems and has a security+ certification.

Vincent Dely

Vincent Dely, Director, Technical Sales Engineering EMEA, Nozomi Networks

Vincent Dely is the EMEA Technical Engineering Director at Nozomi Networks, helping customers with their OT and IoT security installations at critical infrastructure and industrial organizations around Europe. He started his career in cybersecurity in 2000 and has worked in major cybersecurity vendors over the last 20 years.


About Nozomi Networks

Nozomi Networks ( accelerates digital transformation by protecting the world’s critical infrastructure, industrial and government organizations from cyber threats. Our solution delivers exceptional network and asset visibility, threat detection, and insights for OT and IoT environments. Customers rely on us to minimize risk and complexity while maximizing operational resilience.

About ABS Group

ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (, through its operating subsidiaries, provides technical advisory and certification services to support the safety and reliability of high-performance assets and operations in the oil, gas and chemical, power generation, marine, offshore and government sectors, among others. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 1,000 professionals globally. ABS Group is a subsidiary of ABS (, a leading marine and offshore classification society.

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