Postdoc in Cyber Resilience for the Shipping Industry

Technical University of Denmark - DTU Compute

The Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science (DTU Compute) at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) invite applications for a Postdoc position in the area of cyber resilience for the shipping industry. The Postdoc will be a part of the CyberShip research project (Cyber Resilience for the Shipping industry) which is funded by the Danish Maritime Fund and the Orients Fund. CyberShip is a joint project between DTU Compute and DTU Management Engineering and Postdoc will work together with another Postdoc at DTU Management Engineering. 

DTU Compute is Denmark´s largest environment for mathematics and computer science and encompasses both in-depth theory and practical applications. This allows converting new ideas into innovative products and provide public sector consultancy - to the benefit of both the business community and public sector institutions. The Postdoc will be affiliated with the Cyber Security Section at DTU Compute, which examines the methods, techniques and tools for securing computer systems that are accessible through a network, typically the Internet. Most networked computing systems can be considered socio-technical systems and the successful defence against cyber-attacks requires consideration of a broad range of human and technical factors, from the general security awareness among agents in an organisation to the proper enforcement of security policies through cryptography and access control mechanisms. 

Responsibilities and tasks
The shipping industry has become more vulnerable to cyber-attacks in recent years, because of its dependence on information technology and increasingly complex networks. Cyber systems are incorporated into almost every facet of maritime operations, such as financial and human resources management, security systems, navigation (Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), Automatic Identification System (AIS), Electronic Chart Display Systems (ECDIS), etc.), communications, electronic certificates, cargo tracking, pre-arrival processing and other key systems and equipment. All maritime structures (including ships and offshore facilities) as well as the connected infrastructure (e.g. offices of shipping companies, ports etc) are vulnerable. Currently, the awareness regarding cyber security aspects either is at a very low level or completely disregarded. 

The aim of the CyberShip project is to propose a framework for improving the resilience of the shipping industry to cyber risks, with the ship being its main focus. This novel theoretical framework will combine traditional risk management with systems analysis and control theory to aid the decision making process of shipping companies in the detection, identification, and prevention of cyber-attacks, as well as guide the recovery and response process and organizational adjustment (learning process) following a cyber-attack. To support the decision making process a set of tools will be developed for the assessment of identified key performance indicators (KPIs). Finally, a set of recommendations will be produced to direct the development of shipping cyber resilience in organizations via theoretically sound approaches such as scenario planning and real options. 

Application procedure
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Application deadline: 1 September 2017. 

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