Wartsila, Templar Executives establish cyberacademy

(HELSINKI, Finland) — The technology group Wartsila is partnering with the cybersecurity company Templar Executives to establish a cyberacademy in Singapore. The academy will offer courses designed to support and enhance the collective cybermaturity of the wider shipping community, notably operators and owners.

“We believe this is a first for the maritime industry; a center of excellence including a cyberacademy, combining threat intelligence and cybereducation designed to support collaboration for our customers and the wider maritime community,” said Marco Ryan, chief digital officer at Wartsila.

The cyberacademy’s courses will cover a range of relevant topics, from cybersecurity coaching for senior management to cyberawareness for all organizational levels within the maritime industry. The academy, which is located in the Wartsila Digital Acceleration Center in Singapore, will become operational May 1 and initially courses will be delivered in Singapore and London.

“Cybercrime damages are predicted to cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021,” said Andrew Fitzmaurice, CEO at Templar Executives. “The NotPetya attack last year put the maritime industry firmly on the radar, highlighting the need for a paradigm shift in response to the escalating cyberthreats.”

In delivering this initiative, Wartsila and Templar Executives will be actively contributing to sustainable cybersecurity solutions across the maritime environment. This includes building a cybersecurity reporting portal for the sharing of threat intelligence, as well as operational and resourcing expertise to jointly develop Cyber as a Service options. The partners will also work together with key stakeholders, including the Singapore government and CSO Alliance (Company Security Officers).

The academy partnership was formalized with a memorandum of understanding signed by Ryan and Fitzmaurice on April 23 in Helsinki.

By Professional Mariner Staff