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ClassNK publishes its Cybersecurity Approach

ClassNK has released its Cybersecurity Approach, which outlines its basic approach to ensuring onboard cybersecurity for ships.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The ClassNK Cybersecurity Approach was compiled to help stakeholders deal with the increasing threat of cyber-attack. It provides guidance on how to take appropriate measures for onboard cybersecurity and is based on trends in international institutions and maritime bodies.

ClassNK suggests that navigational safety is regarded the most important goal of onboard cybersecurity. Both operational and information technology systems should be cybersecure in order to ensure their availability and support the operation of ships.To mitigate cyber risks in both IT and operations, ClassNK proposes measures based on a balanced combination of physical, technical, and organisational approaches, such as designing ships and onboard equipment with security focussed on each element of the ship, for instance by design or constructing management systems during service.

ClassNK will classify cybersecurity controls into different layers, and clarify what each stakeholder should do for each layer by adopting requirements from the existing standards on cybersecurity that are considered applicable to ships. In light of the increased use of IT for the operation of ships and international trends in cybersecurity, ClassNK will analyse the latest information with experts and propose current best practices in cybersecurity controls for ships.

Based on these concepts, ClassNK will continually publish guidelines and standards that specify the parties responsible for implementing cybersecurity controls and the details thereof as part of the "ClassNK Cyber Security Series".

As part of the ClassNK Cyber Security Series, ClassNK will also be releasing the Cybersecurity Management System for Ships that targets ship management, and Software Security Guidelines that target ship software in the near future.

In addition, ClassNK has released Guidelines for Designing Cyber Security Onboard Ships for newbuilding designs targeting shipyards and ship-building owners as the first part of the ClassNK Cyber Security Series. The guidelines include security measures from the NIST SP800-53(*) compiled for the US Government that can apply to ships, and the latest IACS recommendations.

The guidelines which include the ClassNK Cyber Security Approach are available to download free of charge via ClassNK’s website for those who have registered for free with the ClassNK “My Page” service.

 *A special document entitled “Recommended Security Controls for Federal Information Systems” by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).{/mprestriction}

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