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BIMCO and ICS deliver new cybersecurity guidance for crew

BIMCO has unveiled a new guide to help shipowners and operators manage increasing cyber threats they are faced with every day.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"} The guide ‘Cyber Security Workbook for On Board Ship Use” is specifically designed to help crew prepare, both on the bridge and in the engine room, for cyber=attack. It includes several checklists on how to protect, detect, respond and recover from a cyber incident, offering a practical and easy to use guide for the master and the officers.

BIMCO reports that it is continuously raising awareness to shipowners on issues such as the cyber threat and helps lead the work by issuing industry guidelines to assist companies in formulating their own approaches to cyber risk management onboard.  IMO recently decided to identify cyber risks as specific threats, which companies should try to address to the same extend as any other risk that may affect the safe operation of a ship and protection of the environment. Guidance on these issues can be found in the Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships.

According to BIMCO, the protection of multimillion-dollar floating assets requires cyber risk to be managed as any other risk that may affect the safe operation of a ship and jeopardise the protection of the environment. The new workbook gives an easy introduction to incorporating cybersecurity into the ship’s management system.

“Cybersecurity risk management is not just an IT issue. Managing the complex interactions between technology and humans correctly will be key to avoid a cyber incident, and to recover from them, should an incident happen,” said Aron Frank Sørensen, head of maritime technology and regulation at BIMCO.

“I see the workbook as a valuable tool that will help officers manage cyber risks while carrying out their daily routines onboard.”

The guide can be downloaded here. {/mprestriction}

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