A greater focus on the security of interconnected systems is needed to help ensure critical information is not easily available to pirates. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Recent data from the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre shows that piracy incidents remain a major concern for the maritime industry, with 191 reported incidents worldwide in 2016 (updated Jan. 24, 2017). 

While the figures generally refer to “traditional” piracy risks, emerging technologies could result in more successful future attacks, thereby increasing the risk to the industry.

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