Cybersecurity Attacks and Defences for Unmanned Smart Ships

Bilhanan Silverajan, Mert Ocak, Benjamin Nagel

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By 2020, unmanned ships such as remotely controlled boats and autonomous vessels would become operational, marking a technological revolution for the maritime industry. Such ships are expected to serve needs ranging from coastal ferries to open sea cargo handling. In this paper we detail the security vulnerabilities of such unmanned ships. The attack surface as well as motivations for attack attempts also are discussed to provide a perspective of how and why attacks are undertaken. Finally defence strategies are proposed as countermeasures.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - IEEE 2018 International Congress on Cybermatics
Subtitle of host publication2018 IEEE Conferences on Internet of Things, Green Computing and Communications, Cyber, Physical and Social Computing, Smart Data, Blockchain, Computer and Information Technology, iThings/GreenCom/CPSCom/SmartData/Blockchain/CIT 2018
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538679753
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018
Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventIEEE International Conference on Internet of Things - Halifax, Canada
Duration: 30 Jul 20183 Aug 2018


ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Internet of Things


  • Autonomous vehicles
  • IoT
  • Security
  • Smart Ships

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Health Informatics
  • Communication


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