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NAVTOR’s NavBox certified cyber secure by DNV GL

Tor Svanes, CEO, NAVTOR Tor Svanes, CEO, NAVTOR

e-Navigation specialist NAVTOR has received cyber secure certification from DNV GL for its NavBox solution.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}NavBox automates distribution and updates digital charts, publications and other navigational data, guaranteeing both complete regulatory compliance and security for an increasingly digitised generation of shipowners and operators.

“If we look at the past two years we can identify a worrying increase of cyber-criminal activity, with high profile attacks targeting, amongst others, key shipping businesses including Maersk and COSCO, as well as ports such as San Diego and Barcelona,” said Tor Svanes, CEO, NAVTOR. “And this is really just the tip of the iceberg.”

NavBox offers a range of security features including an encrypted connection, transferring data in a format only recognised by NAVTOR software, CRC checks, the non-transferral of executable files (a key source of malware) and communication through secure servers. The unit also operates as a ‘blackbox’, with no screen, keyboard or mouse, diminishing risk from human interaction.

NAVTOR designed NavBox to slash administration duties for navigators, allowing for greater efficiency and resource use, while ensuring that the latest charts and publications are always available onboard, ensuring regulatory compliance.

NavBox also provides shore-based teams with a full insight into chart usage, equating to more effective cost control and fleet management. The solution is available as PC software or as a separate hardware box that connects to a vessel ECDIS.

“As shipping becomes increasingly digitised great benefits are unlocked in terms of efficiencies, intelligence and decision making, but a new risk environment also emerges. That is of particular concern to those of us dedicated to developing innovative e-Navigation solutions, which rely on the collation, analysis and sharing of data. With this in mind we have been quick to devise the industry’s most robust, reliable and cyber secure solution with NavBox,” explained Svanes.

“With the progress towards increased automation and, in some case, complete vessel autonomy the importance of e-Navigation will flourish – unfortunately so will the frequency of cyber-attacks. With this notification from DNV GL our customers can be sure they are prepared for whatever digital threats lie on the horizon, allowing them to focus on charting the optimal route forward into the future,” concluded Svanes.{/mprestriction}

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