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MarPoint secures ABS approval for Evo2 Router and UNI virtualisation solution

MarPoint's UNI Virtual Machine Manager MarPoint's UNI Virtual Machine Manager

MarPoint has achieved Cyber Safety Class Approval from ABS for all systems covering individual components all the way through the system and network level.

Approval was secured upon the successful class verification of product compliance with manufacturers’ specifications, applicable ABS Rules, and national or international standards.

The ABS Class Approval (PDA) applies to the Evo2 Router and UNI Virtual Machine Manager, which MarPoint’s cybersecurity solution is part of.

The Evo2 Router and Central Management platform provide a defence in depth approach, via dual hardware failover, a fully managed enterprise-grade firewall, effective network segmentation (business/crew), web DNS filtering, application filtering, software whitelisting, two factor authentication and a fully customised alerting mechanism.

UNI, MarPoint’s Triple Node Cluster, and IT Managed Services ensure 24/7/365 remote management of the vessel’s complete IT hardware and software infrastructure and provide unique features such as:

  • Risk assessment
  • Desktop virtualisation and active directory using Linux Thin clients
  • Real time inventory assets management
  • Software patching
  • Network-IDS
  • Cloud hosting for the endpoint

MarPoint IT professionals safeguard the 24/7/365 professional support via an automated ticketing system and with standardised response times (SLAs) per event.

MarPoint is also now recognised by ABS as a Service Supplier to provide services which ABS surveyors may rely on to make decisions affecting classification or statutory surveys.

The class approval allows MarPoint Cyber Security Solution to identify the owner’s cyber risk tolerance and help control cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the supply chain.

MarPoint is already certified with ISO 27001:2013 for the Information Security Management System (ISMS) demonstrating MarPoint’s capability to protect the confidentiality and integrity of the information processed.

The ABS approval along with ISO 27001, allows MarPoint existing and potential customers to secure additional benefits, including lower overall project costs related to cybersecurity classification and certification and to comply with the IMO 2021 regulation.

MarPoint director, Mr. Anastasis Kyrkos noted: “Cybersecurity is a major concern for vessels at sea today. The impact of unauthorised, and even authorised, access to ships’ systems can be catastrophic, potentially resulting in reputational, financial, and environmental damage, robbery, piracy or simply malicious interference. These are all distinct risks for an unprotected vessel.

“We would like to strongly thank world’s high leading classification society for ships, ABS, for their cooperation throughout the certification process.

“The seal of approval that this certification entails is very important for our company and our customers in the maritime industry. The ABS class approval certificate is a testament to our commitment to cybersecurity and ensures that our solution continues to stay at the forefront, bringing additional value to our customers, such as avoiding disruption to their business operations”.

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