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NSSLGlobal unveils Smart@Sea for cybersecurity and IT management

NSSLGlobal has launched Smart@Sea, a solution that offers a virtualised onboard appliance for managing all aspects of communications, cybersecurity, IT services, and crew welfare services.

The solution is expected to provide operators with increased transparency and operational control over their networks, bandwidth usage and cyber protection. 

Smart@Sea has been launched in response to the IMO MSC.428 resolution on Maritime Cyber Risk Management in Safety Management Systems, which has placed the responsibility for cyber risk management on vessel operators. Smart@Sea’s core features include an integrated Unified Threat Management (UTM) with enhanced Layer 7 firewall, anti-virus, intrusion detection and prevention systems, Cyber Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with an embedded VPN.

Smart@Sea is designed to give maritime customers complete operational control regardless of the satellite or terrestrial communications system onboard. It also enables remote deployment and delivery of other customer specific applications and NSSLGlobal’s value added services.

For example, Smart@Sea services can be remotely activated to help vessel operators provide essential welfare and recreational features for crew to combat the effects of isolation and anxiety. These include the info/entertainment CrewVision service, which provides fully licenced, multi-lingual viewing content and CrewUnite wi-fi hotspot internet and voice vouchers for keeping in contact with family and friends.

The virtualised platform enables Smart@Sea to provide computer hosting services that enable saving of both space and crew resources onboard. Configurations, updates and patches are remotely managed without the need for costly and time-consuming in-house expertise and training on the specific platforms.

“Use of ever connected technologies has brought innumerable benefits to the maritime industry in terms of cost savings, efficiency and flexibility. However, this global interconnectivity also poses significant security risk to the maritime industry,” said Sally-Anne Ray, group CEO at NSSLGlobal.

“NSSLGlobal’s new Smart@Sea suite of services brings together the seamless integration of communication, cybersecurity, IT services and crew welfare to help support vessel operators in their IMO cyber compliancy. It also offers a complete solution for all their operational needs in one simple user interface that can be managed and proactively monitored both on board, remotely by the HQ and of course backed up by our highly skilled 24/7 NOC operators.”

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