Centre for Maritime Cybersecurity
The Maritime Cybersecurity Centre was established as part of the EU funded Horizon 2020 project called MariCybERA.
The project aimed to create an ERA Chair (European Research Area) in Maritime Cybersecurity at Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) by integrating the research capabilities of TalTech's Estonian Maritime Academy and TalTech's Centre for Digital Forensics and Cyber Security. This integration was intended to address the cybersecurity challenges arising from the digital transformation of the maritime industry.
The Centre has the objective of becoming an internationally recognized academic research centre that supports a secure, reliable, and sustainable maritime sector. It takes advantage of Estonia's thriving ecosystem of cybersecurity and maritime stakeholders, including the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, Estonian maritime associations, research institutions and private companies.
The research focus of the Centre is on developing innovative solutions to address the emerging security challenges in the maritime industry. This includes studying the threat landscape, identifying vulnerabilities in maritime systems, and developing cybersecurity measures to mitigate the risks posed by cyber-attacks. A key aspect of the research is to understand the unique challenges posed by the maritime environment, including e.g., limited connectivity and the need for real-time information exchange. Focusing on these specific areas, the Centre can ensure that its research has practical applications and can help to improve the cybersecurity of the maritime sector.
Funded by the Horizon 2020 EraChair program, the MariCybERA project supports bringing outstanding academics and high-level professionals in TalTech to develop maritime security expertise in the field.