Denmark Cracks Down on Maritime Hackers


The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) has unveiled a series of new navigation and cybersecurity regulations to protect its shipping and port operations, according to a statement.

The announcement follows the Cyber and Information Security Strategy for the Maritime Sector released by the Danish government in January 2019.

The DMA says its new Order will strengthen already existing legislation and that its principal purpose will be to protect the industry at large from cyber attacks.

A recent Port Technology technical paper looked at managing digital supply chain risk 

It will also comply with and implement the EU’s Network and Information Security (NIS) directive, which came into force in 2018.

Furthermore, the new safety regulations will, according to the DMA, clarify EU and international cybersecurity regulations.

Part of the government’s plan is to establish a Danish Maritime Cybersecurity Unit and create a single point of contact between maritime operators and the Centre for Cybersecurity.

As part of that, it hopes to spark increased awareness through collaboration and knowledge sharing in the maritime sector. 

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