KR awards cyber security type approval certificate to Hyundai Electric

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Image shows left: representative from Hyundai Electrics and right: Hyung-chul Lee, Executive Vice President, KR.

Korean Register (KR) has granted its first cyber security type approval certificate to Hyundai Electrics for its HYUNDAI-ISCS (Integrated Smart Communication System), a new smart integrated communication system for next-generation ships which provides comprehensive cyber security protection.

A formal presentation between KR and Hyundai Electrics took place at Nor-Shipping 2019, in Oslo on Wednesday 5 June.

The cyber security type approval has been developed by KR based on international standards such as IEC 62443 4-2 and IEC 61162-460. The technical functions, security and audit functions are all inspected and assessed for confidentiality, integrity and availability, while the backup and recovery functions are inspected and analyzed for their response strength following a cyber incident.

HYUNDAI-ISCS is a joint product developed by Hyundai Electric and Hyundai Heavy Industries. It is a state-of-the-art piece of equipment that provides a range of information on board ships, acting as an interface between more than 20 different types of equipment including safety systems (PAGA, BNWAS, CCTV) and sensors, and altogether combines to significantly enhance the ship’s smart abilities.

Hyundai Electric applied for KR’s cyber security type approval to clearly demonstrate to the industry that HYUNDAI-ISCS can provide comprehensive protection against security threats faced by today’s on board state-of-the-art functions.

Hyung-chul Lee, Executive Vice President of KR said: “This is the very first cyber security type approval certificate to be issued anywhere in the world, but it reflects the speed of development in this sector and rising level of risk to on board systems from cyber-attack. It’s just the latest in KR’s developing range of services and technology to support our customers cyber security measures, and to keep their crew, vessels and business operations safe at all times.”

Demand for certification services for cyber security is expected to increase reflecting the fact that an increasingly diverse smart ship technologies are being used on board vessels and the overall number of applications has increased dramatically in recent years.

The cyber security type approval of Hyundai Electronics’ HYUNDAI-ISCS is expected to be widely welcomed by all ship owners wanting to build smart, but fully cyber secure ships.

Sea News, June 6