EU Coastguard Cybersecurity WG Meeting in Podstrana

The Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Croatia organized a meeting of the European Union Coastguard Cybersecurity Working Group on 4 and 5 May 2022 at Podstrana near Split, Croatia, as part of Croatia's chairmanship of the European Coast Guard Functions Forum (ECGFF). Thirty participants attended the meeting, representing nine European countries and three European institutions. Due to the current situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, part of the attendees participated in the meeting via videoconferencing.

At the beginning of the meeting, participants were addressed by:

  • the Head of the Croatian ECGFF Project Office, Captain Hidajet Čobo, the Croatian Navy Training Center commander,
  • the Head of the EU Coastguard Cybersecurity Working Group, Mr. Bruno Bender.

The following subjects were discussed at the meeting:

  • ECGFF Coastguard Cybersecurity WG activity report
  • Ukraine conflict impact on the Maritime Domain
  • Criminal aspects on cybersecurity for coastguards
  • Presentation on USCG
  • Jamming and spoofing update
  • Cooperation perspectives with WMU and IMO
  • Focus on past attacks
  • Ransomware in the Maritime Domain
  • Terms of Reference updates

A working group dedicated to "Cyber Attack Prevention in the Maritime Domain" met for the first time on 10 September 2019. Seven European Coast Guard Function Forum member states (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom), as well as the representatives of European agencies (EFCA, EMSA and Frontex), expressed the need to create a tailored forum in order to discuss and to share the best practices and develop non-binding actions on cybersecurity in the maritime domain for European Coast Guard Function Forum member states and the European Commission.

EU Coastguard Cybersecurity Working Group Meeting in hotel Split, Podstrana
Mr. Bruno Bender giving the opening speech
Ms. Catherine Gabay giving presentation on Jamming and Spoofing
Croatian representatives taking part in discussion
30 attendees took part in EU Coastguard Cybersecurity Working Group Meeting
Mr. Bernd Kunkel giving presentation on Criminal aspects on cybersecurity
Ms. Catherine Gabay giving presentation on Jamming and Spoofing
Mr. Alessio Rugo giving presentation on Ransomware