- £3.2 million hardware-based, fully configurable maritime IT&OT cyber security research platform
- Individual ships’ bridges, or system-of-systems’ cyber resilience evaluation across all ship classes
- Actionable research outputs: knowledge tools and training addressing maritime cyber security issues from hardware to software to people
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Cyber-SHIP Lab Annual Symposium 2023
Cyber-SHIP Lab is a springboard to develop resources that equip the maritime sector to achieve cyber resilience on a par with best-prepared technology and financial organisations.
A maritime sector at least as cyber threat resilient as the best-prepared commercial and government organisations.
Securing maritime operations through world-leading cyber resilience research, tools and training.
Cyber-SHIP Lab video walkthrough
Join us for this virtual tour of the University of Plymouth's £3.2m, Research England and Industry-funded Cyber-SHIP Lab. Discover more about our unique, hardware-based, configurable research, software development and training platform.
Cyber-SHIP Lab in detail
Cyber-SHIP Lab is supported by Research England and maritime industry partners, including fleet owners and operators, equipment manufacturers, classification societies and insurers.
- threats and impacts across maritime cyber security
- cyber risk assessment for ports, offshore installations and autonomous ships
- model-based frameworks for maritime cyber risk assessment
- maritime cyber security auditing and test-bedding
- maritime cyber security policy, including the scope and impact of evolving technology on international shipping
- how autonomous and augmented realty technologies impacts cyber-physical risks.
Creating ships systems’ physical twins in the Lab
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“Cyber-attacks are a tier-one National and international threat. And although the maritime sector is advancing technologically, it is not well protected against cyber or cyber-physical attacks and accidents. Worth trillions, Maritime has an unmatched reach across international waters, which exposes people and goods to a diverse range of threats, putting the shipping industry at high risk. This is why Cyber-SHIP Lab is so important.”
Professor Kevin Jones
Dr Kimberly Tam
Associate Professor in Cybersecurity
Mr Kevin Forshaw
Director of Industrial and Strategic Partnerships
Mrs Chloe Rowland
Project and Knowledge Exchange Manager - Cyber-SHIP Lab
Mr Wes Andrews
Project Engineer/Technician - Cyber - SHIP Lab
Industrial Research Assistant
Miss Erica Scammell
Marine-i Project Administrator
Cyber-SHIP Lab Project Administrator
Mr Aaron Barrett
Technical Specialist (Marine Autonomous Systems)
Miss Avanthika Vineetha Harish
Industrial Researcher - Pentesting
Dr Rory Hopcraft
Lecturer in Cyber Security
Mr Juan Palbar Misas
Research Assistant/Fellow in Navigation and Maritime Cyber
Mr Luke Christison
Researcher - Data Visualisation
Mrs Gizem Kayisoglu
Mr David Barrett
Marketing and Communications Officer
UK Aviation, Maritime and Security Minister’s message of support for Cyber-SHIP Lab
In 2021, Robert Courts MP, Minister for Aviation, Maritime and Security opened Cyber-SHIP Lab’ with a message of support and encouragement.
“This unique new research facility will further enhance the University’s world-leading maritime facilities, building on Plymouth’s strong maritime history to ensure the UK is at the forefront of the future maritime sector.”
He added: “I am so pleased that the Cyber-SHIP Lab will play a crucial part in tackling the cyber security challenges facing the shipping industry.”
- Showcasing the University's expertise at London International Shipping Week 14 September 2023
- University contributes to major report examining changes needed in the global maritime industry 13 September 2023
- Project aims to ensure offshore renewable innovations remain cyber-secure 5 September 2023
- Microplastics and maritime cyber expertise showcased in Parliament 13 July 2023
- Cyber-SHIP Lab holds second Annual Symposium 7 November 2022