Upcoming 2020 Workshop

Maritime Cybersecurity 

A Workshop for MSI and Community College Educators

Date:  Friday, May 29, 2020 
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Hosts:  Maritime Security Center (MSC), DHS S&T Center of Excellence
Location: Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ
Instructor:  Dr. Barry Bunin, Research Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology

There is no fee to participate, however, you must register to attend no later than March 13, 2020:  Registration/Participation Form


Maritime commerce accounts for $4.6 trillion in annual economic activity and 90 percent of U.S. imports and exports. (USCG Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook, 2018).  Cyber threats and attacks on the maritime transportation system (MTS) are creating new and complex challenges for today's maritime and business professionals.  In 2017, Maersk Shipping Line, one of the world’s largest cargo carriers, suffered a cyber -attack that left its vessel and terminal operations at a near standstill for several days.  The impact of the shutdown resulted in disruptions to supply chains worldwide and more than $300M in damages and lost revenue. This incident, among other recent maritime cyber events, is having broad implications to the safety and security of the US and is causing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the U.S. Coast Guard in particular, to implement new guidelines and processes for mitigating cyber risks.

The Maritime Cybersecurity Workshop aims to build greater awareness of the maritime domain as a critical component of the global economy and to provide educators from a broad base of disciplines with maritime cyber curricula materials that maybe used in their own programs of study.  The workshop will leverage content piloted in a Stevens Institute of Technology special topics course and developed in conjunction with an NSF Maritime Cybersecurity grant.


The workshop is free and is open to educators from Community Colleges and Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) in the areas of cybersecurity, maritime logistics and supply chain management, and other related business and transportation management areas.  Lunch and on-campus parking will be provided.  The workshop will include a maximum of 12 participants. 


Provide professional development, educational instruction and resources to educators working within underrepresented and underserved communities.

  • Build greater awareness of the maritime transportation system as a critical component of the global economy.

•Provide workshop participants with insight into how the U.S. Coast Guard is initiating efforts to mitigate cybersecurity threats. 

•Inspire interest and program development in the area of maritime cybersecurity.


The workshop will include the following modules:

  • The Maritime Transportation System (MTS)
    • Components of the MTS 
  • Fundamentals of Physical Security
    • Physical Security in the MTS
  • Cybersecurity in the MTS
    • Basic Concepts of Cyber Security: Confidentiality, Integrity, Availability (C-I-A) Triad,  Authentication, Nonrepudiation  
    • Evolving Cyber Vulnerabilities 
    • Common Attack Types (Phishing, Ransomware, Man-in-the-Middle, Denial of Service)
    • Recent Cyber Attacks - Maersk  Ransomware Attack , Saudi Aramco Attack, Port of Antwerp Attack
  • Risk Assessment and Decision Making
    • Risk Assessment, Vulnerability, and Consequences, Risk Management:  Prioritizing Projects, Best Practices
  • Lessons Learned and USCG Practices

 If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Beth Austin-DeFares, MSC at [email protected] or by phone at 201.216.5362.

Past MSC Educator's Workshops 

March 22, 2019 - Fundamentals of Sensing Technologies 
The Maritime Security Center (MSC) in conjunction with the Accessing Careers in Engineering and Science (ACES) Program at Stevens Institute of Technology hosted a Fundamentals of Sensing Technologies Workshop on Friday, March 22, 2019, at the Stevens Institute of Technology campus in Hoboken, NJ.  

The workshop included high school and higher education STEM educators from ACES partner schools and from underserved communities and minority serving institutions (MSI).   

Overview - As experts in the field of sensor technologies, the Maritime Security Center organized the workshop for high school and college-level educators to provide instruction on the fundamentals of sensor technologies.  In addition to learning about different types of sensors and their applications, workshop participants participated in hands-on activities to build a temperature sensor system, and met with a representative from the U.S. Coast Guard to discuss how sensor technologies are used in search and research missions. 


  • Provide professional development, educational instruction and resources to STEM educators working within underrepresented and underserved communities.
  • Provide workshop participants with the basic principles of sensor technologies and an understanding of data science techniques used to process and interpret data.  
  • Provide workshop participants with new perspectives on how the U.S. Coast Guard and other Department of Homeland Security component agencies utilize sensor technologies to support their missions.

To review the workshop curriculum materials, please visit the links below: 

June 8, 2018 - Environmental Data Collection and STEM Education Workshop Safety and Security of Coastal Communities 

Overview: Extreme weather events over the past several years have adversely impacted the safety and security of citizens living and working in urban coastal community environments.  For the NYC metropolitan area, extreme weather events like Super Storm Sandy destroyed homes and severely compromised critical infrastructure, and heat wave events have led to serious health implications for city residents.

Workshop: The MSC delivered a one-day multidisciplinary workshop focused on the impacts of extreme weather conditions on urban coastal communities and homeland security through the lens of the U.S. Coast Guard, and provided methods in which participants can track and report the daily environmental conditions of their communities. The “teach-the-teacher” workshop included faculty members from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and community colleges in an effort to further enhance MSI STEM programming.

The workshop leveraged the expertise and research assets of the Maritime Security Center available from Stevens Institute of Technology and provided instruction on how to construct and program intelligent sensor boards that can be used by the participants to engage their own students in environmental data collection.

Contact Us

Maritime Security Center

Location On Campus

Babbio Center, 6th Floor
525 River Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Contact Types

p. 201-216-8058
e. [email protected]