USMRC Launches Cyber Awareness for Mariners E-Learning Course

Press Release ( - Middletown, R.I. - Mar 16, 2017 - The United States Maritime Resource Center (USMRC) has launched a new, innovative e-learning course, Cyber Awareness for Mariners. This is the first training course of its kind for mariners on maritime cyber.

Cyber Awareness for Mariners provides mariners aboard any vessel with a better understanding of common vulnerabilities to onboard computer-based networks and industrial control systems to include both operational and information technologies (OT/IT). It also offers tested and effective guidance to help prevent onboard cyber disruptions.

The course is an interactive, web-based learning experience designed “by mariners, for mariners,” and built directly from the industry’s first evidence-based research effort – the USMRC Maritime Cyber AssuranceSM Research program – which is recognized and supported by the highest levels of shipping.

Vessel owners and operators, as well as ship management and crew staffing companies, also will benefit from the course, which is derived from actual onboard research and analysis in the marine industrial environment, across numerous vessel types and a wide range of cargo, passenger and specialized operations.

“Our goal is to continuously provide the best and most current information to not only raise awareness, but also help build a more comprehensive understanding of cyber risks to maritime, which is a critical factor in risk management and assurance,” said Captain Alex Soukhanov, USMRC’s founder and director of the Maritime Cyber AssuranceSM Research program.

For the past year, USMRC has included Cyber Awareness for Mariners as an additional module in its U.S. Coast Guard-approved, in-residence Bridge Resource Management, ECDIS, and Leadership and Managerial Skills courses.

“Because the Cyber Awareness for Mariners content has been so well received in our other courses, and the topic is of vital importance to marine operations around the world, we felt it was necessary to be able to offer it to a global audience. By partnering with Marine Learning Systems in Vancouver, BC, we were able to create a customized, short course at a very economical price,” said Soukhanov.

Training is a fundamental element of any risk management and safety program. This training is a valuable resource available to meet the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Interim Draft Guidelines on Maritime Cyber Risk Management, which calls for the “urgent need to raise awareness on cyber risk threats and vulnerabilities.” Additionally, BIMCO’s “Guidelines on Cybersecurity Onboard Ships” strongly recommends cyber awareness training for both shipboard and shore-side staffs throughout the document.

Cyber Awareness for Mariners is a highly relevant, custom-built resource for every organization in the maritime industry to improve their cybersecurity efforts at all levels.

The registration fee for the Cyber Awareness for Mariners e-learning course has been fixed at a very affordable $75. For U.S.-based registrations, a portion of those fees also is tax deductible for federal income tax purposes as USMRC is a 501(c)(3) public charity. More importantly, all proceeds from the course registrations support the advancement and acceleration of the USMRC Maritime Cyber AssuranceSM Research program for the benefit of the industry. More information is available on USMRC’s website



USMRC is an independent, nonprofit marine operations and maritime risk research center and education institution focused on navigation and operational safety; maritime risk mitigation; human capital development; raising awareness of international shipping maritime trade and transport; and contributing to environmental stewardship.


Source : Garton-Miller Media

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