Forwarder group's cyber attack warning

26 / 02 / 2018

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is urging its members to review their cyber security policies after last year's petya cyber attack that caused major disruption at Maersk Line and TNT.

BIFA said the cyber attacks revealed the scale of impact that security breaches can have on global logistics and supply chains, with the physical cost of rectifying the problems incurred at Maersk reported to be around $300m.

TNT parent FedEx, meanwhile, took a $300m hit on operating income.

Robert Keen, director general of BIFA said: "With businesses continuing to push for digitisation and connected systems,  it is impossible to deny the rising importance of cyber security for global supply chains.

"BIFA takes advice from various experts on this matter and we believe it would be prudent for members to review their IT-related security processes, with a view to identifying and remedying any obvious weaknesses.

“We are encouraging our members to contact a reputable IT supplier with expertise in cyber security to discuss this matter.

"BIFA has found that some insurers – especially those providing business interruption insurance policies – can also provide assistance.”