gmc @ cabibbe . one
I am an independent maritime security professional specialized in:
.. the best security strategy is to make any attack against your assets too inconvenient to carry out ..
The Maritime Domain comprises over 70% of the Earth´s surface, over 90% of the world´s trade, over 50% of international tourism, over 40% of the world´s population, and over 98% of the Earth´s water. It includes inland ports, the navigable waterways connecting them to the sea, littoral & coastal areas, inlets, ship canals, fjords, islands & archipelagos, dry ports, coastal communities, tourist sites, critical infrastructures, and of course vessels, cargo, natural resources, and the open oceans with the airspace above them and the subsea space below them.
Any disruption in maritime operations, such as the 2021 Suez Canal obstruction, (which, by the way, had a striking similarity to the 1941 Pearl Harbor scenario) constitutes a tremendous damage to the economy, a potential disaster for the environment, and a risk of a security incident of epic proportions. If the 1985 Achille Lauro incident, the 2000 USS Cole bombing, and the 2001 9/11 events in the USA laid the foundations of modern maritime security, the current threat scenario based on aerial & underwater drones, cyber & electromagnetic attacks, and well-equipped pirates proves that the ISPS Code as such is no longer effective and that a new approach to maritime security has to be implemented.
Whether it is a private luxury yacht or a war ship, a luxury mansion or a port terminal, what is needed is a security based on space-age technologies, on early detection & geospatial intelligence capabilities, on engineering & resilience, on prevention & avoidance, and on independence from any power or food source.
In other words, a Next-Gen Sustainable Maritime Security.
Sustainable Maritime Security is not about a lesser Security in favor of the environment but is first and foremost a matter of enhanced protection achieved by exploiting the surrounding environment in a sustainable way in order to have virtually unlimited supply of resources at low cost. A very limited impact on the surrounding environment means low detectability, and hence augmented security. A reduced need for fuel means a drastic reduction of logistic needs. Environmental protection is therefore not the final goal, but it is the means to achieve the ultimate level of survivability & resilience.
Sustainable Maritime Security is a very highly specialized activity that goes way beyond any traditional ISPS-based maritime security practice; I see it as a cross-disciplinary strategy of prevention & preemption whereby processes, systems, and services are engineered to eliminate vulnerabilities, to reduce the probability of incidents, to mitigate accidents, to ensure operational resilience, to hinder malicious acts, and to protect human life and human activities against a multitude of simultaneous threats from asymmetric physical, cyber- & electromagnetic attacks to acts of war to natural hazards such as dangerous animals, earthquakes, tsunamis, storm surges and rising sea levels which might impair your defense systems.
The ideal Sustainable Maritime Security should be discreet, should be fully integrated with the surrounding environment, and should not interfere with daily life routines; it should not be perceived as a cost or hindrance, but rather as a competitive advantage and a cool inherent characteristic of any maritime lifestyle.
And because the human factor is the weak link in any security process, Sustainable Maritime Security must also include psychology, geopolitics, social engineering, and a good knowledge of the history & culture of the specific theater in which the Client operates.
Due to the inherent complexity of Sustainable Maritime Security, the traditional "Security Manager + Security Advisor + Security Operative + Security Supplier" ensemble is no longer effective .. what is needed is a different figure, a knowledge-based professional with a strong technical background, with an extensive international experience, and with an holistic view of "security" as inherent characteristic of any lifestyle: the Sustainable Maritime Security Technology Intermediary .. a bridge, a broker, a hub, a knowledge agent, and a catalyst for a next-gen ad-hoc sustainable security strategy where all Stakeholders work seamlessly toward the common goal of keeping the Client one step ahead of air, land, space, cyber, electromagnetic, and seaborne threats. This is what I am and this is what I like to do.
I am a member of the Center for International Maritime Security, and I am the first European member of the Maritime Security Resilience Alliance, a US-based organization providing the private sector with guidance & support in aligning physical security, cyber security, cognitive security, and security education in order to operationalize security resilience in the maritime domain and in the protection of critical infrastructures. The Alliance is headquartered at the NASA Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and works in close cooperation with the DHS, the FBI, the US Coast Guard, and the US Navy.
In parallel to my Sustainable Maritime Security advisory work, I develop my own security solutions & vessels, and I often act as acquisition consultant for the aerospace and defense sectors. You can read more about me and my maritime security work here.