Sensor Ships: Managing Big Data Generated in the Maritime World

Pratt’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Law Report

The authors recommend that vessel operators make strategic security investments in implementing incident monitoring and response software and other appropriate security controls, making continued updates, timely installing patches to the technology on board, and training crew on cybersecurity.

Big data is not a “trend” or fad; big data is a concept of gathering, deciphering, and analyzing massive quantities of information to ultimately reveal patterns and associations, and it is here to stay. Companies have proven how useful it can be to interpret performance trends to expose areas of vulnerability or underperformance within a company. Big data can be used to make strategic decisions within a company’s operating profile. In particular, the maritime industry is using big data to revolutionize the way engine performance and maintenance is carried out aboard vessels. Understanding how to effectively capture data – and the risks involved – will enable users to apply big data in ways never considered before.

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“Sensor Ships: Managing Big Data Generated in the Maritime World,” by Sharon R. Klein, Vanessa C. DiDomenico, and Karen H. Shin was published in the June 2022 edition of Pratt’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Law Report (Vol. 8, No. 5), an A.S. Pratt Publication, LexisNexis. Reprinted with permission.

This article was first published in the March 2022 edition of Mainbrace, Blank Rome’s quarterly maritime newsletter.