Classification societies are providing industry leadership in tackling the cyber risks threatening shipping businesses on a regular basis.
DNV GL, whose Maritime Cyber Security Service Manager will be presenting on cyber threat management at the European Maritime Cyber Risk Management Summit in London this week, has released its first class notations to help shipowners and operators protect their assets from cyber risks. These will be included on the DNV GL rules page on 1 July 2018.
The cyber secure class notations “offer owners and operators a framework to improve and demonstrate their cyber resilience” said DNV GL maritime chief executive officer Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen.
He explained that ship machinery, bridge systems and programmable control systems are increasingly vulnerable to cyber threats. “Increasing integration and connectivity of these systems represents an ever-larger target for cyber security threats,” he added, during the Posidonia exhibition in Athens, Greece.
During Posidonia, ABS demonstrated its cyber risk initiative which includes methods of identifying and quantifying risks. Its cyber security experts explained how ship operators can educate and train seafarers to recognise and prevent cyber issues.
ABS also demonstrated how shipping companies can mitigate both internal and external risks.
Also during Posidonia, Lloyd’s Register director of marine and offshore Nick Brown explained how ships with greater levels of intelligence and automation become more vulnerable unless crew are trained to prevent cyber infections.
Seafarers must be taught not to insert mobile data storage devices into bridge systems without checking they are cyber secure first.
Lloyd’s Register, ABS and DNV GL will be leading cyber security discussions at Riviera Maritime Media’s European Maritime Cyber Risk Management Summit in London this week. This event is held in association with Norton Rose Fulbright on 15 June, and details of the programme can be viewed here.