University and BMT join forces to improve cyber security in the maritime sector
The University of Plymouth has joined forces with BMT, a leading international multi-disciplinary engineering and design consultancy, to jointly research ship design and cyber security in the maritime sector.
The new Memorandum of Understanding will specifically look at harnessing the capabilities of the University’s recently opened £3.2 million Cyber-SHIP Lab . This world-leading facility is dedicated to simulating and understanding maritime cyber threats and facilitating future secure maritime operations through cyber resilience research, tools and training. The facility forms part of the University’s Marine Navigation Centre, which includes a physical ship’s bridge used to simulate attacks and test equipment.
BMT was a founding industry supporter of the Cyber-SHIP Lab when it was launched in 2019, based on the firm belief that through the development of these new tools and lab the UK can become a leading power in maritime cyber security.
Professor Kevin Jones , Executive Dean of Science and Engineering at the University and Principal Investigator on the Cyber-SHIP Lab project, added:
“With our ever-increasing dependence on the global maritime sector, ensuring ships and port operations are cyber secure has never been more critical. Advances in cyber technology, and the emergence of new threats, mean this is a constantly evolving area that needs an innovative and joined-up approach. The partnership between the University and BMT is a perfect example of that, uniting our collective expertise in both identifying potential issues and solutions and finding the means for them to be applied in maritime engineering and design.”
Jake Rigby, Research and Development Lead at BMT, added:
"BMT is delighted to be working with the University of Plymouth in this important work in helping the UK drive the highest possible standards in maritime security. With this knowledge and experience in place, the UK can then offer the benefits of the insights, operational practices and training to the global shipping and marine community. Through combining our expertise and our knowledge, we are confident great strides will be made in enhancing security and cyber protection across maritime."
The MoU was signed by Professor Judith Petts CBE , Vice-Chancellor of the University of Plymouth, and Sarah Kenny, CEO of BMT, and will kick-start a range of collaboration opportunities from student engagement and employee development to collaborative research and joint consultancy

About BMT

BMT is a leading international design, engineering, science and risk management consultancy with a reputation for excellence. We're driven by a belief that things can always be better, safer, greener and more efficient.  
We provide our customers with the capability, capacity and confidence to enable them to make the right decisions at the right time by drawing upon the expertise of over 1,500 professionals located in Europe, Asia Pacific, Australasia and the Americas. 
Delivering independent, complex design and consultancy capabilities for over 30 years, we pride ourselves on being equipped to support our clients to tackle the most complex design and systems issues, and challenges. 
The group’s assets are held in beneficial ownership for its staff.

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Cyber-SHIP Lab

Cyber-SHIP Lab is a world-first centre of excellence for maritime cyber threat resilience research, development and training, addressing key security challenges facing the international shipping industry. 
It provides a non-simulated, real-world platform for our applied expertise to the development of cyber threat mitigation tools, maritime security consultancy, and knowledge exchange opportunities, translating into tangible benefits for the sector. 

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The Maritime Cyber Threats Research Group

The group has been formed to bring together leading-edge multidisciplinary research and practical expertise in the core areas of cyber-security and maritime operations together with psychology researchers, and maritime law and policy experts

For more about the group, visit their dedicated web page