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Indian Register issues cyber class rules

IRClass executive chairman, Arun Sharma IRClass executive chairman, Arun Sharma

The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) reports that it has developed a set of class rules for cyber security, based on guidelines set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), as well as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) from the US Department of Commerce.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}“Cyber attacks on ships’ control systems, IT, navigational and other critical systems can result in damage or even losing course of the ship – which can drastically affect the safety of the ship, port facilities and marine property,” said IRClass executive chairman, Arun Sharma.

“As the industry continues to introduce new technologies, IRClass as a classification society plays a significant role in ensuring that the safety of a vessel and its crew are not compromised by such attacks.”

IRClass hopes that the implementation of these rules will help the society in identifying cyber risk issues from as early as the design stage of the vessel. A final verification then takes place once the vessel is built, and periodically during annual surveys.

A vessel, together with its shipping back office, will be certified for cyber safety once it is proven to have complied with the class rules as well as the additional class notation.

In addition to the class rules, IRClass notes that it has also developed the first edition of its ‘Cyber Safety Guidelines for Port and Shipping Company Facilities’, to be used to identify gaps and mitigate risks in cyber security.{/mprestriction}

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