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Inmarsat adds new cyber security options

Peter Broadhurst, Inmarsat Peter Broadhurst, Inmarsat

Inmarsat has announced two new components for its Fleet Secure maritime cyber security service, with the addition of a multi-layered endpoint security solution, Fleet Secure Endpoint, as well as a training app for mobile devices called Fleet Secure Cyber Awareness.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Fleet Secure Endpoint is based on technology from global digital security company ESET, and powered by maritime cyber specialists Port-IT. It aims to protect desktop computers and other systems connected to a vessel’s network by removing infections and blocking hackers before damage occurs to onboard endpoints and connected systems.

The new service will be available for commercial use from January 2019 and is compatible with Inmarsat’s full maritime portfolio of services, including Fleet Xpress, FleetBroadband and Fleet One.

“It is a priority for every fleet operator and ship manager – shore-side and at sea – to ensure their systems are properly protected,” said Peter Broadhurst, SVP of safety and security for Inmarsat Maritime.

“As this enhancement to Fleet Secure demonstrates, Inmarsat is constantly monitoring the ever changing cyber security landscape and devising new tools and approaches for addressing potential problems; ensuring that ships and their crew remain safe – physically and virtually.”

Fleet Secure Cyber Awareness meanwhile is a new training app for mobile devices developed by Inmarsat in association with Stapleton International and Marine Learning Alliance, which aims to enable seafarers to educate themselves on the tactics that cyber criminals might employ in attempting to infiltrate a company’s IT infrastructure.

“Many attempts to gain unauthorised access to IT infrastructure require some sort of activation by an end-user in order to infect a system and cause further damage. These attacks are often heavily disguised so as to trick and manipulate end-users into unwittingly granting permission,” said Mr Broadhurst.

“However, there are nearly always tell-tale signs that, if spotted in time, would prevent escalation. Crew education is therefore an indispensable component in realising a well-rounded security strategy and the reason behind teaming up with Stapleton International and Marine Learning Alliance to launch our Fleet Secure Cyber Awareness module.”{/mprestriction}

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