Cyber-SHIP Lab

This event took place on 30 June 2021.

In a world where our way of life is dependent on maritime operations, cyber attacks can cost hundreds of millions, threaten national security and endanger lives. Cyber-SHIP Lab is a springboard to develop resources to equip the maritime sector to achieve cyber resilience on a par with best-prepared technology and financial organisations.

The University of Plymouth Maritime Cyber Threat Research Group’s £3.2 million Cyber-SHIP Lab is a world-first centre of excellence for maritime cyber resilience research, development and training, addressing key security challenges facing the international shipping industry.

Combining maritime technology with leading-edge cybersecurity research and practice, Cyber-SHIP Lab researchers work to enhance understanding of maritime systems’ vulnerabilities and to deliver actionable cyber resilience knowledge.

Working with industry partners, the Cyber-SHIP Lab team can configure and evaluate numerous permutations of in-service and new ships’ bridge IT and operational technology. The Lab enables maritime systems configuration to replicate any real-world physical ships’ bridge. It provides insights that cannot be achieved through simulation alone.

This event was an opportunity to see first-hand demonstrations of this cutting-edge facility’s capabilities, hear the latest developments in world-leading research, and learn how researchers and industry can work with Cyber-SHIP Lab.

It also provided the opportunity to learn more about the processes for securing funding for impactful projects like this, and about the support available from the University’s Research and Innovation team.

Who was this event for?
This event was of interest to colleagues and students researching, or working across sectors related to or reliant on cyber-security, especially maritime logistics and operations, port and harbour security.

It may also have been invaluable for University of Plymouth staff across disciplines who are looking for guidance and support around securing funding and industry partnerships for new projects.



13:00 | Introducing: Cyber-SHIP Lab welcome and video walk-through by Chloe Rowland, Project Manager, and Wesley Andrews, Research Assistant and Project Engineer

13:10 | The big picture: Cyber-SHIP Lab's role in securing maritime by Professor Kevin Jones, Principal Investigator, Director of the Maritime Cyber Threats Research Group and Executive Dean – Faculty of Science and Engineering

13:25 | Cyber-SHIP Lab in practice: keeping it real capability demo case studies by Dr Kimberly Tam, Lecturer in Cyber Security and team

13:50 | Securing and realising industry partnership benefits by Kevin Forshaw, Director of Industrial and Strategic Partnerships

14:00 | Anchored in collaboration: bringing Cyber-SHIP Lab to life by Chloe Rowland

14:10 | Research and Innovation: Cyber-SHIP Lab: a template for building, funding and partnering impactful projects by Jennifer Milligan, Senior Innovation Funding Manager

14:20 | Round up by Professor Kevin Jones

14:25 | Live panel Q&A hosted by Chloe Rowland

You will be able to submit questions throughout the event that will be addressed by the speakers during this session.

14:40 | Event conclusion

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