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Cobham SATCOM unveils new antenna platform

Cobham SATCOM has announced the launch of the SAILOR 1000 XTR Ku, the first of a new generation of software-controlled antenna systems designed for quick deployment, operational reliability, simplicity, and best-in-class radio frequency (RF) performance. 

SAILOR XTRTM, which has been developed and designed by Cobham SATCOM, integrates the best of the SAILOR VSAT technology into a new platform with cutting-edge software and electronic capabilities that prepare it to operate in future satellite constellations in LEO, MEO, GEO and HEO orbits. The one-metre antenna has a new simplified and robust pedestal for better antenna performance and easier and simpler conversion between Ku- and Ka-bands.

SAILOR XTRTM features built-in IoT data protocols such as Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT), Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) and RESTful API, which could make SAILOR VSAT and SAILOR XTRTM antenna systems self-reporting in a typical satcom/IT solution, providing up-to-date detailed antenna information and enabling preventive maintenance. This helps to ensure uptime, boosts the efficiency of onboard IT systems and contributes to optimised vessel performance.  

A new Ethernet port inside of every above-deck SAILOR XTRTM unit facilitates new connectivity options. Solution Partners could use this to integrate third-party devices such as cellular transceivers and Wi-Fi access points. The additional data from these devices gets securely routed at up to 1 Gbps to an Ethernet port on the SAILOR XTRTM Below Deck Unit. The antenna also comes with a new XTR Antenna System Control Module (ASCM) with a hardware encryption key chip mounted inside. The XTR ASCM is networked to all other modules and motors via a star network topology for speed of data exchange and reliability. It only accepts Cobham-signed software, which makes it impossible for others to read out the private key, which is programmed into the key chip, thus protecting the antenna from potential cyber-attacks.

Additionally, the true one-cable solution on SAILOR XTRTM not only manages Rx, Tx and power over a single coax cable but can also transfer high-speed data from a third-party device which could be mounted inside of the antenna to below-deck. To ensure uptime, the antenna platform also maintains Cobham SATCOM’s Rapid Deployment Technology. This ensures a fast, hassle-free rollout for ship owners and operators, as well as improved and extensive self-diagnostics for optimal performance and reliability.

Cobham SATCOM has already installed the first SAILOR 1000 XTRTM Ku on a vessel operating in rough Scandinavian waters. The installation was completed on the Pearl Seaways with owner DFDS in attendance.

“Through the development of SAILOR XTRTM, a reliable, agile and high performing VSAT solution, Cobham SATCOM has once again set the standard for the future of maritime satcom. In an era of unprecedented uncertainty and technological complexity, the new advanced science underpinning SAILOR XTRTM will drive greater simplicity for ship owners and operators while enhancing performance. This will ultimately give them more time to focus on business-critical issues, while handing them the data necessary to identify cost-effective solutions to address and analyse a myriad of complex issues; from transparency to environmental compliance and seafarer welfare,” said Jens Ewerling, product manager, VSAT at Cobham SATCOM.

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  • Changes to cybersecurity insurance

    In recent years there has been a marked increase in cyber-criminal activity. Put simply, as technology advances, so too do the skills of those seeking to exploit it. The growth of IoT provides ‘bad actors’ with more devices and connections to target, allowing them to become more sophisticated. These developments have contributed towards a huge uptake in cyber insurance in recent years. Now though, victims of ransomware attacks have begun to pay. Attacks and breaches now dominate the IT security news headlines. It stands to reason then that insurers must act, so here we look at changes to cybersecurity insurance in the wake of this rise in cyber-crime.

    Top Tip: Check your cybersecurity insurance policy today

    We would recommend a call to your broker, as the previous terms are almost certainly going to be different. Ask about new services too, and of course ensure that you have robust cybersecurity practices in place. This will be subject to higher levels of scrutiny moving forwards, and rightly so. 

    The cybersecurity insurance industry gathers momentum

    In line with the acceleration in cyber-crime, cyber insurance has experienced a fertile period. More policies than ever before have been issued, and the amounts of protection available have increased. In 2020, according to sources at Harvard Business Review, the first $1 billion cyber insurance programmes were launched. This is not difficult to imagine when you see the results of recent cybersecurity-related surveys. For example, the Hiscox Cyber Readiness Report 2021 revealed a 50 per cent year-on-year increase in 2019 for cyber losses. It also revealed that businesses were devoting more resources to cybersecurity than ever. Further key findings are as follows:

    • 2020 saw more companies targeted by criminals than in the previous year
    • Of those suffering attacks in 2020, more than a quarter (28 per cent) were targeted over 5 times
    • The companies who took part revealed that they allocated 21 per cent of their IT budget to cybersecurity (this was up 63 per cent when compared to the previous year’s survey)
    • 59 per cent of businesses with 250+ employees felt more vulnerable to cyber-attacks since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic

    Coronavirus has certainly had a huge impact on most, if not all sectors. Organisations the world over have lost vast sums of income, with many succumbing to their losses. It has subsequently made some view cyber insurance as a luxury. Yet there is another, far more critical issue to cybersecurity insurance that is ‘changing the playing field’.

    Ransomware and the cybersecurity insurance landscape

    Ransomware is perhaps the foremost cybersecurity threat. According to CRIBB Cyber Security’s Patrick Carolan, “it (ransomware) has achieved a lot of success in recent years. Ransoms were set at relatively low amounts and were largely ignored. Nowadays, I believe that the average is over $100,000. They are often paid now too, which means that insurance companies must adopt a more robust approach.”

    During the period of growth, many cyber insurers retained 60 per cent on every dollar paid in premiums. Security frameworks, policies and procedures of clients were often not thoroughly examined. Their level of cybersecurity awareness was largely overlooked. Carolan foresees a huge change in this:

    “A lot of the people in cybersecurity insurance are leaving that area of the industry. Some are point-blank refusing to insure for ransomware. The ones that remain are therefore charging a lot more and insuring for less. They are also asking for a much higher level of proof of strong cybersecurity controls before issuing any policies.”

    The future of cybersecurity insurance

    It is difficult to predict exactly what lies in store for those seeking cybersecurity insurance. However, it does seem likely that:

    • Premiums will be far higher
    • Coverage will shrink
    • There will be fewer outs
    • There will be limited options
    • Stronger requirements will be enforced

    Carolan points out the ransomware attempts at cyber insurance companies as being key. “Cyber-criminals can uncover how much ransom they could demand from potential targets. They can find this information directly or through the cybersecurity insurance companies they use. It is vital then to protect cybersecurity policies. I would say you should remove them altogether from areas where they could be found.”

    There have been cases where insurance companies have stated they will not pay any ransoms. Subsequently, they have been the victims of attacks. It is clear then that the industry is in a vulnerable position right now.

    Top Tip #2: Conduct vulnerability scans before opting for insurance

    As stated previously, requirements for insurance are (understandably) becoming more stringent. Some companies are even implementing external vulnerability scans themselves. It makes sense then to carry out a scan beforehand, and CRIBB can help.

     This article has been republished with permission from CRIBB Cyber Security. Read the original article here.

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