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Port-IT launches new vessel cyber security package

Maritime technology company Port-IT has announced that it has developed a new vessel security package called Port-IT Vanir, created in collaboration with WatchGuard to offer remotely-managed UTM (Unified Threat Management) for various aspects of ship cyber security.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}As part of the service, all computers in the network will be protected by a custom implementation of ESET’s endpoint security software, with signatures updated daily and synced between shore and vessel using Port-IT’s own purpose-built software.

The Port-IT Vanir package also includes additional security options beyond traditional antivirus implementation, such as a firewall and botnet protection, and integrates WatchGuard services for multi engine detection incorporating data from network security vendors such as Kaspersky, Bitdefender, Websense and Lastline.

“WatchGuard Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliances are designed from the ground up to focus on ease of deployment, use, and ongoing management, in addition to providing the strongest security possible,” said Martijn Nielen at WatchGuard.

“Our unique approach to network security focuses on bringing best-in-class, enterprise-grade security to any organisation, regardless of size or technical expertise. This makes it ideal for tackling the unique security challenges faced by maritime vessels.”

The Vanir service will be monitored from Port-IT’s new Security Operating Centre, located at a separate location to the Port-IT office at an ISO-certified remote facility, with features such as redundant power and multiple internet connections via various providers. The centre is physically secured by biometric recognition features and 24/7 gate security.

Port-IT will also provide continuous network security monitoring under the package, and generate reports describing the status of the PCs on board and the network infrastructure which can be analysed for security threats – for example, if the engine control room PC is constantly trying to access a forbidden website Port-IT Vanir will be able to block that traffic, and the system can monitor crew internet usage and decrease the bandwidth available to crew to prioritise vessel critical communications.

“The increasing demand for maritime vessel connectivity is set to continue and as such there is a clear and immediate need for an enterprise solution,” said Youri Hart, managing director at Port-IT.

“Budgets in shipping are still very strict and I am a big advocate of the slogan ‘if you can’t afford to protect it, you should not connect it’. This is why we have created Port-IT Vanir. To ensure vessels can be both connected and protected at an affordable price.”{/mprestriction}

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