Cyber security, alongside carbon emissions and safety, was identified as one of the top line agenda issues for the recently concluded annual Tripartite Shipbuilding Forum, supported by a range of shipping organisations including BIMCO, ICS, INTERTANKO, OCIMF, and IACS.
Israel-based cyber security company Naval Dome has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Lloyd’s Register (LR), with the aim of establishing standards and guidelines for maritime cyber security.
Speedcast has launched SIGMA Gateway Xtreme, a new network management device capable of controlling Speedcast’s Ku-band VSAT services, Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress and 4G/LTE services, to offer redundancy in communications links alongside virtual machine capabilities.
Navarino has launched a new cyber security service called Angel, compatible with any satellite network or IP-based communication system and supplied as a fully managed service.
Cyber security firm IOActive has released a report outlining a potential vulnerability it says it discovered in Inmarsat’s AmosConnect platform that would provide a backdoor into the shipboard system – however, Inmarsat has responded to note that the software version in question was already retired prior to IOActive’s test, and that it has also previously issued a patch to close the vulnerability.
KVH Videotel has launched a cyber security training programme, produced in association with shipping association BIMCO, to address the threat of ransomware and other computer system breaches.
KVH has responded to claims by an ethical hacker that he had managed to ‘hack’ a live satcom CommBox, the communications management system used by the satcoms company alongside its mini-VSAT system, to say that the equipment that was said to have been compromised was not connected to the KVH network, nor was it being used by a KVH satcom customer.
The Liberian Registry reports that it has launched a Cyber and Ship Security computer-based training (CBT) program, covering concepts such as malware, network security, identity theft, risk management, and other common threats to maritime security.
DNV GL reports that it has transferred all its 90,000 certificates to a private blockchain, with every certificate digitally tagged and traceable within the system, allowing companies to communicate their certification in a transparent and secure way while also providing a defence against the use of counterfeit certificates.
The Cyprus Shipping Chamber, in response to an increasing level of concern among its members with regard to digital vulnerabilities in the maritime industry, has developed its own cyber security guidance document.
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