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Security Solutions for Pressing Cyber Risks Addressed at First Annual Maritime Day at the Navy Yard, Hosted by ABS Consulting

November 27, 2023

ABSG Consulting Inc. (ABS Consulting), a leading global risk management company, hosted federal and industry stakeholders for the Maritime Transportation System (MTS) during the organization’s first annual Maritime Day at the Navy Yard, created to help advance cyber resilience for ships, ports and terminals.

Hosted in Washington, D.C., the event addressed cyber risks disrupting the maritime industry’s ongoing digital transformation. Key topics included the increase of ransomware attacks on critical infrastructure, the vulnerable state of information control systems (ICS) due to malware, and the risks unprotected operational technology (OT) networks face should supply chains become compromised or remote access is gained by adversaries.

As a result, participants walked away with specific knowledge about the tactics attackers are employing against the MTS and the recommended controls and regulations to better defend their operations, including how to build a secure cybersecurity ecosystem that supports 24/7 visibility and control of OT and ICS networks.

2024 Matitime Day at the Navy Yard Attendees

"The international shipping industry supports nearly 90 percent of the world trade, so the commitment to safeguard OT assets and operations is paramount," said Ryan Moody, President and CEO of ABS Group, ABS Consulting’s parent company. "As adversaries expand their capabilities, innovative risk-based solutions and a proactive approach to regulatory compliance are necessary for true cyber resilience, and will ultimately help to protect the global supply chain."

"The risk of any vessel, port or terminal losing visibility and control has the potential to be catastrophic," added Blake Benson, Senior Director, Cyber of ABS Consulting. "We remain at the forefront of the conversation, supporting our diverse range of both commercial and federal maritime clients as they address unique challenges and implement practical security solutions to manage cyber risk."

The event surveyed maritime perspectives on policies and regulations, such as recent cyber guidelines from the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA), International Maritime Organization (IMO) Resolution MSC.428(98), and International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) Unified Requirements (UR) 26 and 27. The agenda also featured insights from industry partners and security experts Dragos, Inc. and MAD Security.

Agenda items for the panel discussion and interactive workshops included:

  • Cyber Threat Brief
  • Maritime Perspectives in Evolving Policies and Regulations
  • Shoreside Cyber Risks and Solutions
  • Shipside Cyber Risks and Solutions

Discover ABS Consulting’s industrial cybersecurity solutions for critical infrastructure.

About ABS Consulting

ABSG Consulting Inc. (ABS Consulting) is part of ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ABS (, one of the world’s leading marine and offshore classification societies. With over 50 years of risk management and safety experience, ABS Consulting provides data-driven risk and reliability solutions and technical services that help clients confirm the integrity, quality and efficiency of critical assets and operations. Headquartered in Spring, Texas, ABS Consulting operates with more than 1,000 professionals across the globe serving the marine and offshore, oil, gas and chemical, government, power and energy and industrial sectors.

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