Jake RigbyJake Rigby holds the current position of research and development lead at BMT. He is responsible for research portfolio management, academic engagement and horizon scanning. His previous experience includes 5 years as a naval architect working on a range of ship designs and consultancy projects.
Cybersecurity and maritime autonomy
Maritime autonomous navigation is developing rapidly which raises unique security challenges. It requires a wide range of technologies, from very reliable positioning systems to fast machine learning algorithms. Cybersecurity must be at the center of this technological innovation to ensure its viability. Thankfully, concepts borrowed from autonomous driving such as 'public key infrastructure' and 'cryptographic agility' can be used to ensure the integrity of the surplus data required by ships to navigate autonomously. Furthermore, cybersecurity elements from traditional IT systems such as trust platform modules could be extended to secure the mix of complex software and hardware.