Building Resilience

Fourteen years on – what did we learn from the Boxing Day tsunami?

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As the death toll from the latest Indonesian tsunami hits 400 and rescuers desperately search through rubble looking for the hundreds still missing, today marks the 14th anniversary of the devastating 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.

On Boxing Day 14 years ago, the world experienced what is believed to be the deadliest tsunami in history, with almost 230,000 people killed across Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Maldives, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Somalia, Tanzania, Seychelles, Bangladesh and Kenya.  The majority of lives were lost in Indonesia, with 167,540 people listed as dead or missing and twenty-six Australians were killed, almost all in Thailand. According to the Australian Disaster Resilience Knowledge Hub, the total cost of damage in the region is estimated at $10 billion ($AUD 14 billion)…


Activity ‘passport’ to inspire schoolchildren and boost resilience

Primary school children will be challenged to go on a nature trail, visit a local landmark or make a treasure map through a new ‘passport’ of activities launched by the Education Secretary to encourage more family time and help build children’s character and resilience.

Endorsed by organisations including the Scouts, Girlguiding and the National Trust – as well as children’s charity Action for Children – the list of activities is intended to support parents and schools in introducing children to a wide variety of experiences and fulfilling activities like flying a kite, learning something new about the local area or putting on a performance….


Building Resilience

A recent story in Wired, a popular technology magazine, makes for uncomfortable reading for any employee at AP Møller Maersk, the Danish shipping conglomerate. The article lays bare, and in detail, the impact the ransomware attack had on the company last year. But the story should also act as a wake-up call for many other actors in the maritime industry, a sector that experts are almost yelling at it to make itself more cyber-resilient.

According to a recent report backed by IBM, the average cost of a data breach is now $3.86 million, up 6.4 percent from last year. The same report, the result of a study by the Ponemon Institute, a U.S.-based business consultancy, found that the likelihood of a company that had been the victim of an attack suffering a second hack is 30 percent.

The report covered all industry sectors – transportation and, in particular, the shipping industry, were not singled out – but experts such as Max Bobys, Vice President of HudsonCyber, point out that shipping really does need to “up its game.” It’s up to all companies to really begin to gain more awareness of cyber risks, something that is increasingly called cyber resilience or cyber hygiene….


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