UK’s Code of Practice on Cyber Security for Ships Launched at Inmarsat Seminar

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The UK’s Code of Practice on Cyber Security for Ships was launched by Transport Minister Lord Callahan on September 13 at an Inmarsat seminar about the risks facing the maritime industry.

The guidelines have been produced by the Institution of Engineering and Technology in close association with the Department for Transport and the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory. They will help senior shipping personnel who have responsibility for the on board security of a range of ships’ systems at a time when the increased complexity and connectivity of vessels is making security and resilience ever more critical.

Lord Callahan commented, “The increasing use of digital technologies in the management of ships provides increased efficiency and the ability to compete in the global market. However, such technologies expose ships to cyber security vulnerabilities and we need to be aware of the risks.

“The Code of Practice on Cyber Security for Ships provides actionable good practice on areas such as developing cyber security plans; devising mitigation measures; ensuring the correct structures, roles, responsibilities and processes are in place; handling incidents and highlighting standards.”

Ronald Spithout, President of Inmarsat Maritime, said, “We are delighted that Lord Callanan was able to launch the new guidelines at an event where we highlighted the need for industry-wide action and vigilance. “In the era of the connected ship, the code of practice will be of real value to all those responsible for vessel security.”

In separate news, Inmarsat’s Fleet Secure is the maritime industry’s first and only fully-managed service to detect vulnerabilities respond to threats and protect ships from widespread cyberattack showcased their expertise. Fleet Secure will be commercially launched as a standard option on Inmarsat’s award-winning Fleet Xpress service.

Fleet Secure is a Unified Threat Management (UTM) and monitoring service that will power cyber resilience at sea, offering vessel owners and managers continuous transparency on the status of their digital security and a 24/7 response to cybercrime. It detects external attacks via high-speed satellite broadband connectivity, while also protecting vessel networks from intrusion via infected USB sticks and crew devices connected to the onboard LAN. Fleet Secure will seamlessly integrate with Fleet Xpress for no additional outlay on hardware and no impact on the customer’s contracted bandwidth.

Peter Broadhurst, Senior Vice President Safety and Security, Inmarsat Maritime, said, “Cybercrime is an inevitable downside of the digital economy, on land or at sea,” He added, “Other maritime cybersecurity offerings we have seen address only part of the threat or some of the management issues.

Inmarsat’s new Fleet Secure service provides an all-inclusive, real-time managed monitoring service, giving ship operators and managers the cybersecurity tools they need to protect their fleets continuously from malicious attack or malware, detect vulnerabilities, and respond to threats.”