Join CCICADA & AMU for Nation’s First Major Maritime Cyber Security Event – March 2 – 3, 2015

     Jointly sponsored by CCICADA Center at
Rutgers University and American Military University
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Registration Is Closed

Read symposium articles:

Cyber Attacks on Ports and Ships Could be Catastrophic

Maritime Cyber Attacks Occur in a World of the ‘Quick and the Dead’

Countering Maritime Cyber Security Threats Requires a Savvy, Educated Workforce

SLIDES from Presenters: Slides from those presenters who have given us permission to post them can be downloaded from the “slides” link given with their listing in the program.

Workshop Program

Contribute a Paper

Accommodations, Directions, Parking

Virtual Participation



The US Department of Homeland Security faces a possible shutdown if there is no budget for it by Friday evening, Feb. 27. This will affect the ability of several of our speakers and of our attendees to participate in the symposium. However, the symposium will go on as planned. We have made contingency plans for replacing the speakers in question.

**EVENT LOCATION: Cook Student Center, 59 Biel Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8508 **

In what is believed to be the first such public event to be held on this topic, CCICADA and AMU will host a learning seminar (March 2, 2015) and symposium (March 3, 2015) on the emerging issue of maritime cyber security. This two-day event will be held at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. We invite members of the Homeland Security Enterprise, the news media, and the public at large to attend.

The Maritime Cybersecurity ThreatA recent demonstration showed how a potential adversary could remotely take control of a vessel by spoofing its GPS. Hackers recently shut down a floating oil rig by tilting it; another rig was so riddled with computer malware that it took 19 days to make it seaworthy again. Somali pirates may be selecting their targets by viewing navigational data online or intercepting live AIS broadcasts, prompting ships to either turn off their navigational devices, or fake the data so it looks like they’re somewhere else. Flaws have been found in electronic positioning software that would allow an attacker to access and modify files and charts on board a ship or on shore. This could compromise ship navigation and lead to serious environmental and financial damage, even loss of life. Easily available jammers could close down a port at a cost of more than $1 billion per day.

The dependence of modern ships on sophisticated technology makes them vulnerable to cyber-attacks through radio frequency (RF) interference whether intentional, unintentional or by natural causes. Cyber threats to the complex maritime domain, including ports and offshore energy operations, are similarly serious. Unfortunately, these threats are not well known to the stakeholders who must maintain critical operations.

A recent GAO report found that DHS needs to better address maritime cyber security (in particular port cyber security). The GAO recommended that USCG assess cyber-related risks and use the assessment to inform maritime security guidance and that FEMA use the cyber risk assessment to inform its grant guidance. In addition, there seems to be little in the way of effort to educate the private maritime sector about the threat. These risks and vulnerabilities prompted CCICADA and AMU to organize Maritime Cyber Security seminar and symposium.

Learning Seminar, March 2

The two-day event will begin on Monday, March 2, with an Executive Overview/Learning Seminar, which will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. This will be followed by a reception and dinner from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. See program details below.

Featured speakers will include Rear Admiral Marshall Lytle, USCG; Dr. Mark Hagerott, Deputy Director and Professor of Cyber Security, US Naval Academy; Naval Capt. Peter Crain, Canadian Forces; Capt. David Moskoff, US Merchant Marine Academy.

Symposium, March 3

The symposium will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 3, and continue until 5:20 p.m. Lunch will be provided. During the symposium, featured speakers and five groups of panelists will present and discuss maritime cybersecurity risks, threats, counter measures and education/training in-depth. See program details below.

Vice Admiral Chuck Michel, USCG, will give the keynote lecture. Other featured speakers will include Dr. Christopher Rodriguez, Director, NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness; Dr. Steve Flynn, Northeastern University; and Dr. Douglas Maughan, Cyber Security Division, DHS Science and Technology Directorate.

Registration & Virtual Participation

Registration Is Closed

Please register early since we anticipate filling the available space. The symposium will be held at the Cook Campus Center, 59 Biel Road, New Brunswick, NJ.

See: Accommodations & Directions page for general travel information.

Virtual Participation

Registration Is Closed for the complete 2-day learning seminar and symposium at no cost.

Contribute a Paper

We invite interested individuals to propose papers for inclusion in a post-symposium book. The book will be edited by Dr. Joe DiRenzo (USCG and AMU), Prof. Nicole Drumhiller (AMU), and Prof. Fred Roberts (CCICADA), with a foreword by Vice Admiral Rob Parker (USCG, Retired). The publisher will be APUS ePress in collaboration with PSO/Westphalia Press.

If you would like to submit a paper, please send an email to James Wojtowicz, CCICADA Managing Director, with a tentative title and short description of the contents. We will review your proposal and then let you know if you are invited to submit a paper. We will provide you with a template for the manuscript.

The Manuscript submission date has been extended to April 30, 2015.


We would like to acknowledge members of the organizing committee and in particular Capt. David Moskoff for the background information about maritime cyber security provided above.

Symposium Organizing Committee

Prof. Fred Roberts, Rutgers University (co-chair)
Prof. Clay Wilson, American Military University (co-chair)
Mr. David Boyd, USCG, program coordinator
Capt. Bruce Clark, Cal Maritime University
Capt. Peter Crain, Maritime Cyber Security SME
Prof. Midge Cozzens, Rutgers University
Capt. Michael Dickey, USCG
Dr. Joe DiRenzo, USCG, symposium book co-editor
Prof. Nicole Drumhiller, American Military University, symposium book co-editor
Prof. Mark Hagerott, US Naval Academy
Cmdr. Jim Herlong, USCG
Capt. David Moskoff, US Merchant Marine Academy
Capt. Dermot Mulholland, Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence
Capt. Jim Spotts, USCG
Capt. Andrew Tucci, USCG

Workshop Program

Learning Seminar and Symposium on Maritime Cyber Security

Day 1: March 2, Executive Overview & Learning Seminar

1:00-1:30 PM: Registration and Coffee

1:30-1:45 PM: Opening Remarks: Fred Roberts, CCICADA and Clay Wilson, AMU

1:45-2:15 PM: Rear Adm. Marshall Lytle, USCG Slides
Introduced by Capt. Michael Dickey, USCG

2:15-3:00 PM: Overview I: Dr. Mark Hagerott, Deputy Director and Distinguished Professor of Cyber Security, US Naval Academy: “Placing Maritime Cyber Security and Technological Change in Context: Reflecting on Historical Trends to offer a Framework for Thinking about the Future

3:00-3:45 PM: Overview II: Capt. Peter Crain, Maritime Cyber Security SME, and Tony Cole, FireEye: “Uncertainty – it is our Maritime Cyber Security Reality

3:45-4:05 PM: Break

4:05-4:50 PM: Overview III: Capt. David Moskoff, US Merchant Marine Academy: “Maritime Cyber Security (MCS): Vulnerabilities, Mitigation and Resilience”  Slides**   **Use of this material is permitted if appropriate credit is given to the author.

4:50-5:20 PM: Responses to the Day: Bruce Clark, Cal Maritime, Jim Cooper, Port Authority of NY/NJ, Dana Goward, Resilient Navigation & Timing Foundation

6:00-8:00 PM: Reception and Dinner at “The Imperia”

Day 2: March 3, Symposium

7:30-8:00 AM: Registration, Continental Breakfast

8:00-8:20 AM: Opening: Dr. Karan Powell, Provost, AMU; Dr. Christopher Rodriguez, Director, NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness;  Dr. Matthew Clark, DHS Office of University Programs; Dr. Peter March, Executive Dean of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers

8:20-8:50 AM: Symposium Keynote: Vice Adm. Chuck Michel, USCG Slides
Introduced by CAPT Drew Tucci, USCG

8:50-9:40 AM: Panel I: Maritime Cyber Security Risk: Threat, Vulnerability, and Consequence

Moderator: John Duncan, ABS Group Slides

Threat: Tiffany Jones, i-SIGHT Partners
Vulnerability: Andrew Bertolazzi, Ronin Security Solutions
Consequence: Capt. Joe Kramek, USCG

9:40-10:40 AM: Panel II: Risk to the Maritime Transportation System I: Shipboard Systems and Oil Rigs

Moderator: Capt. Peter Crain, Maritime Cyber Security SME

Capt. Bruce Clark, Cal Maritime Slides
Cris DeWitt, American Bureau of Shipping Slides
Scott Naugler, Transport Canada
Capt. David Moskoff, US Merchant Marine Academy

Discussant: Cameron Naron, MARAD

10:40-11:00 AM: Break

11:00 AM-12:00 PM: Panel III: Risk to the Maritime Transportation System II: Port Operations, Mobile Devices, Cargo Control

Moderator: Prof. Clay Wilson, AMU

Prof. Karen Paullet, AMU
Capt. Drew Tucci, USCG
Morten Schenk, CyberKeel

Prof. Ali Abbas, CREATE Center, University of Southern California
Prof. Naftaly Minsky, Rutgers University
David Weinstein NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness

12:00-12:30 PM: Featured Lecture: Dr. Steve Flynn, Northeastern University: “The Resilience Imperative in the Maritime-Cyber Domain”  Slides
Introduced by David Boyd, USCG

12:30-12:35 PM: Welcoming Remarks by Dr. Richard Edwards, Chancellor and Executive VP for Academic Affairs, Rutgers University

12:35-1:30 PM: Lunch

1:30-1:50 PM: Featured Lecture: Stephen Caldwell, Former Director, Maritime and Supply Chain Security, U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), “Comparing Results of Maritime Cybersecurity Studies from Selected Countries”  Slides
Introduced by: Nicole Drumhiller, AMU

1:50-2:50 PM: Panel IV: Countermeasures (physical countermeasures, intel, etc.)

Moderator: Capt. David Moskoff, US Merchant Marine Academy Slides

Nina Fefferman, Rutgers University
Dana Goward, Resilient Navigation & Timing Foundation Slides
Joe Rolli, Exellis  Slides
Charles Schue, UrsaNav  Slides
Dr. Paul Williams, General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland  Slides

Nicole Drumhiller, AMU

2:50-3:20 PM: Afternoon Keynote: Dr. Phyllis Schneck, Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), Department of Homeland Security
Introduction by Dr. Peter Freeman (Emeritus Dean of Computer Science, Georgia Tech, and Chair of CCICADA Board)

3:20-3:40 PM: Break

3:40-4:40 PM: Panel V: Education/Training/Human Factors

Moderator: Prof. Mark Hagerott, Deputy Director and Distinguished Professor of Cyber Security, US Naval Academy

Dr. Kurt Colella, Dean of Academics, US Coast Guard Academy
Prof. Dennis Egan, CCICADA, Rutgers University  Slides
Capt. Eric Johansson, SUNY Maritime

Prof. Janne Lindqvist, Rutgers University
Prof. Julie Pullen, National Center for Maritime Security Research, Stevens Institute

4:40-5:10 PM: Featured speaker, RADM Robert Day, US Coast Guard, ret. Slides
Introduced by Eric Kutner, Emergency Response Design Group, Member of CCICADA Board

5:10-5:20 PM: Closing Remarks

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