Shipmanagers can access shipboard data for cyber security management for the first time using a new dashboard program.
Naval Dome has developed the Endpoint cyber protection system dashboard to enable shoreside and shipboard staff to monitor and evaluate fleetwide systems data, including when staff are offline, for the first time.
Previously, only crew members were able to access a ship’s offline data sets.
This helps vessel managers, masters and chief engineers obtain a complete visual of the ship’s cyber status. They can swiftly determine the number of PC-based systems on board each ship that have cyber protection and those that do not, as well as dates for previous software updates and cyber protection.
Naval Dome’s Endpoint system gathers information from onboard navigation and machinery equipment, such as ECDIS, radar, engine control systems, and other critical equipment.
This dashboard provides information on the number of cyber security anomalies detected. It pinpoints the geographical origin of cyber attack attempts and indicates if an attack is in progress.
“If an anomaly alert is issued by the Naval Dome security system, the dashboard will enable the operator to assess how the crew reacted to the problem, pinpointing the precise location of a suspected event and detailing who was using the equipment at the time,” said Naval Dome chief executive Itai Sela.
He explained the importance of enabling this data offline. “As many critical systems are standalone and accessed directly by those on the ship, it is important that head office personnel also have secure access to this information,” he said.
When shoreside operators wish to assess the performance of critical systems, data can be uploaded from Endpoint to Naval Dome’s secure cloud, from where it is available through the dashboard, allowing secure access to information from standalone systems.
“Use in narrow bandwidth satellite communication systems makes it a very cost-effective solution for displaying critical information, keeping the customer online and up-to-date,” said Mr Sela.
He thinks fleet managers can learn from their experience of cyber security and threat protection to improve the efficiency of monitoring onboard computers and PC-based systems "reducing the costs related to resolving non cyber events.”
“The aim is to let shipowners know the cyber status of their onboard systems without having to react in any way. It is our problem to deal with the attack," said Mr Sela. “With just one click, shipowners can see the cyber activities of their entire fleet and control it.”