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Thursday, 31 August 2017 06:47

Indian Register issues cyber class rules

The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) reports that it has developed a set of class rules for cyber security, based on guidelines set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), as well as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) from the US Department of Commerce.

Maritime technology company Port-IT has announced that it has developed a new vessel security package called Port-IT Vanir, created in collaboration with WatchGuard to offer remotely-managed UTM (Unified Threat Management) for various aspects of ship cyber security.

Shipping giant Maersk has posted its Q2 financial results for 2017, showing a strong 8.4 per cent growth in revenues – however, the company has noted that the unexpected costs of the ‘NotPetya’ cyber-attack it suffered at the end of June will impact negatively on next quarter’s results and could run up to US$300 million.

COMSAT reports that it has added a range of cyber security systems for the maritime industry, inspired by IMO’s decision to require cyber risk management to be incorporated into safety management systems established under the ISM Code.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has released a roundup of the developments coming out of the recent 98th session of its Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), showing a strong focus on technology-related areas such as autonomous ships and cyber security.

Maersk has confirmed that all vessels are sailing, online booking processes are accessible, and all APM terminal locations are operational as it works towards resuming full operations following the June 27 cyber-attack that caused a widespread shutdown of its Group IT systems.

The second edition of The Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships has been released, compiled by a joint industry group led by BIMCO and now including new members OCIMF and IUMI, as well as original contributors CLIA, ICS, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO.

Shipping giant Maersk has fallen victim to a coordinated international cyber-attack affecting businesses across the world, causing the shutdown of IT systems across its business units as the company responded to the breach, which it says is now “contained.”

GTMaritime reports that it has passed the milestone of having its software systems now installed on some 4,500 vessels worldwide, with more than 15 per cent of the installations having been completed since the beginning of May 2017.

Insurance and financial services firm Allianz has published the 2017 edition of its Safety and Shipping Review, the company’s annual overview of trends and developments in shipping safety, highlighting the benefits accruing from modern technologies while also warning of potential risks through over-reliance on IT and the growing threat of cyber-attacks.

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