Kongsberg Bags 1st DNV GL Cyber Security Approval

Roar Simensen, Product Adviser – Connected Vessels & Information management at Kongsberg Maritime AS (left), receives the new type approval from Knut Omberg, Principal Engineer at DNV GL – Maritime (right)

In an era when the shipping industry is undergoing a digital revolution, vessels have transformed into sophisticated hubs of connected systems and sensors, which generate and exchange data (both onboard and back to shore).

It is ‘connectivity’, which has called for an increasingly secure cyberspace and ways of verifying the cyber safety of installed systems in the ships.

A Norwegian technology company has received the first DNV GL cyber security type approval for its K-IMS system, a core component in Kongsberg’s digital ecosystem Kognifai.

For the past one year, DNV GL and Kongsberg have combined their efforts to develop a new type approval programme for the cyber security assessment of control system components called, ‘Security Assessment of Control System Components, DNVGL-CP-0231’.

Bent Erik Bjørkli, VP Digital Performance at Kongsberg Maritime said, “Over the last few years, however, we have seen an increasing focus from our customers in the cyber security of the connected systems on their vessels. This was why we were so interested to work together with DNV GL on the development of the new type approval. With the new type approval, we can now demonstrate the security of our systems through an independent verification process.”

The pilot system has been K-IMS, a core component in Kongsberg’s digital ecosystem Kognifai. Designed in accordance with the principles in IEC 62443-4-2 and IEC 61162-460, the type approval programme focuses on verifying both the technical reliability and cyber security of control systems.

“We are very pleased that K-IMS is the first product to have received the new type approval. With the new ‘Security Assessment of Control System Components’ type approval programme, we have developed a rigorous certification regime to demonstrate the cyber security capability of onboard systems,” Odd Magne Nesvåg, Head of Control Systems at DNV GL – Maritime said.

Sea News, November 3