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Bureau Veritas & IQ Solutions agree cybersecurity collaboration

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Bureau Veritas (BV) has awarded type approval certification to ‘VCell’ from IQ Solutions. BV and IQ Solutions’ close collaboration is an example of cybersecurity contributors building trust and making progress to provide greater cybersecurity for the maritime sector.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"} VCell is a fully integrated ICT solution, specifically designed to meet the needs of the maritime industry. VCell provides a smooth, secure, fully controlled, consolidated, centralised and multi-functional IT environment onboard for digital infrastructure and ship-to-shore communications that are managed and administered remotely on a 24-hour basis.

During the early stages of the VCell certification process, Bureau Veritas provided guidance for its cybersecurity requirements and protection of critical assets, such as component hardening; user profiles; authentication; encryption; storage; connections; and remote access. Bureau Veritas and IQ Solutions have established rigorous evaluation and monitoring procedures of VCell to ensure the integrity and availability of information. A survey was performed to validate specific points such as equipment compliance; accounts and security policies; network architecture and security; as well as recovery and patch management procedures.

Vincent Lagny, head of cybersecurity for Bureau Veritas, marine & offshore, commented: “This certificate is proof that VCell meets Bureau Veritas’s cyber rule requirements. More importantly, this is the result of a fruitful collaboration between the cyber experts from both our companies. Relationships based on trust are the cornerstone to the way we work with stakeholders to build a solid cybersecurity eco-system.”

“Working with Bureau Veritas and reaching full compliance with BV’s cybersecurity rules was an unparalleled experience. BV’s professionalism and vast know-how in both ICT and the maritime industry, contributed to the completion of our vision, classifying VCell as fully compliant for a Cyber Safety, 360 degree vessel ICT ecosystem, for the world merchant fleet to enjoy” said Paris Papanastasiou, managing director and CEO of IQ Solutions. {/mprestriction}

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