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Posted on: December 7, 2015

Although workboats operate in an environment that is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of breakdowns caused by cyberattacks on maritime radio frequencies and GPS jamming, an incident could put these vessels in challenging situations, said Ray Ivie, engineering and integration services group president at LGS Innovations, Herndon, Va., which provides network and communications systems.

“Workboats operate closer to hazards, other ships and to the coast, so if they were getting fake navigation signals and had to make a turn, they could have less room to correct than an oceangoing vessel would on the open sea,” said Ivie, a former Navy officer.

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