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Automation, artificial intelligence, productivity, growth – but are our systems secure?

Twenty-first century computer-driven systems have dramatically increased operational efficiencies in all aspects of human endeavour. In less than two decades, we have experienced levels of automation that, up to recently, would have been regarded as sci-fi.

And even as we cross, rapidly (if semiconsciously), to the next threshold of robotics and artificial intelligence, there are new realities which increasingly threaten our world.

The spectre of cyber warfare now looms, threateningly. Global news channels increasingly report on the vulnerabilities of both domestic and commercial computer systems, raising well-founded uncertainties about the safety of internal business systems and security of private or proprietory data.

The fears linger.

Are our systems safe?

Will we be hacked?

There is no comfort to be had when revelations of breaches of corporate computer systems and the stealing of customers’ personal data increasingly lead the evening news. Network firewalls are frequently compromised by hackers, half-way across the planet. There are lucrative markets for stolen data and hackers are getting wealthy supplying a growing demand for illicitly gained data.

Yet, growth, expansion and higher levels of productivity are inextricably intertwined with automation, computer-driven systems; and, internet-based processes.

The Port Management Association of the Caribbean has turned the spotlight on this aspect of maritime operations and has included four related presentations on its conference agenda for the upcoming 21st Annual General Meeting and Conference, June 27, 28 and 29. In this regard, the following topics will be presented during the three day event:

  • To Steal Money, Power, and Maritime Transportation Secrets: A cybersecurity red team exercise  

PRESENTERS: Will Lusk, Programme Manager, O.C.E.A.N.S. LLC; and, Max J. Bobys, Vice President, HudsonCyber


  • Smart Port, Supply Chain Visibility, Ports Connectivity/Platform

PRESENTER: Gordon Foote, Business Development Executive, IBM


  • Digital innovation in the port sector: Barriers and Facilitators

PRESENTER: Erica Simmons, Executive Director, Dr. Andrew Wheatley Centre for Digital Innovation and Technology. 


  • Building cost-effective in-house port asset inspection and inventory tracking capacity using unmanned aerial vehicle technology

PRESENTER: CBCL Engineering Limited


  • Port Productivity Platform - Enabling connectivity, efficiency, and information sharing

PRESENTER: Nishant Pillai, VP Sales Americas,1-Stop Connections Pty Ltd

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