Maritime Cybersecurity Program

Maritime Cybersecurity Professional Development Course 

The Maritime Security Center, in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard Cyber Command-Maritime Cyber Readiness Branch, the USCG Office of Port and Facility Compliance, and USCG Sector NY, have developed a Maritime Cybersecurity professional development course tailored to the education needs of USCG marine safety personnel. 

The objectives of the course are to provide Coast Guard personnel with a working knowledge of cybersecurity concepts and terminology, and an increased awareness of cybersecurity risks, vulnerabilities, and mitigations within the context of the Maritime Transportation System (MTS).

The professional development course supports the Coast Guard’s workforce cyber training goals and aims to build capacity and create a culture of cybersecurity awareness within the USCG Prevention workforce and across the maritime enterprise.


This course was developed for U.S. Coast Guard marine safety personnel. The course does not require cybersecurity or technical expertise. 


The instructor-led course is held online, over two consecutive days (7 contact hours per day).  


The course is comprised of the following modules.

  • Module 1:  The MTS - Structure, Architecture, and Vulnerabilities

  • Module 2:  Information Technology (IT), Operational Technology (OT), Critical Infrastructure and Their Vulnerabilities.

  • Module 3:  Fundamental Cybersecurity Concepts, Risks and Mitigations

  • Module 4:  Advanced Persistent Threats and Supply Chain Attacks

  • Module 5:  Vulnerabilities and Risk Mitigations in IT/OT Systems

  • Module 6:  Cyber-Physical Risk Assessment in Maritime Systems

  • Module 7: GPS and AIS Operation, Spoofing and Jamming

  • Module 8: Course Exercise and Summary

All modules include case studies of recent cyber attacks on critical infrastructure.

Course Schedule

Spring 2023 semester*

  • January 26 & 27, 2023

  • February 8, 9 & 10, 2023 (This course will be held from 5 pm to 9:30 pm each day, and is intended for personnel participating from Guam, Hawaii and Alaska)

  • March 16 & 17, 2023

  • May 11 & 12, 2023

  • September 21 & 22, 2023

Fall 2022 semester*

  • September 22 & 23, 2022

Spring 2022 semester*

  • January 27 & 28, 2022

  • March 17 & 18, 2022

  • May 12 & 13, 2022

* The course dates are for U.S. Coast Guard personnel only.

Non-Coast Guard personnel interested in the course should contact the MSC for other course date opportunities.

SF 182 and other forms of payment will be accepted.  


Beth Austin-DeFares, Director of Education

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 201.216.5362