Dry bulk carrier operator Navarone has selected Marpoint’s managed services to upgrade IT networks across its fleet
Marpoint will remotely manage and monitor vessels’ IT hardware and software infrastructure and ensure compliance with IMO’s latest cyber security requirements using Marpoint’s Uni virtual machine manager and proactive IT managed services.
“By implementing Marpoint Uni and IT managed services throughout our fleet, critical applications on board our vessels, such as planned maintenance systems, email, file servers and others, are hosted in a virtual environment in which they are available at all times, even in cases of hardware failure,” said Navarone IT manager Konstantinos Sakellakos.
“Furthermore, we are now able to have real-time monitoring of critical devices, assets or data, network traffic flows across our information and operational technologies on our vessels’ networks and apply software patching in line with the latest IMO cyber risk management regulation,” said Mr Sakellakos.
Navarone needed to take proactive measures to ensure ship computers were operating efficiently in a cyber-secure environment, with network health and performance monitored every hour of every day, year-round and to remotely take actions if computers were not working properly.
Navarone also wanted to be alerted if suspicious memory sticks were used; if there were issues with peripherals and hardware; its management needed to understand if Admiralty electronic navigational chart updates were downloaded into ECDIS and applied properly; and to ensure software applications and patches were properly applied.
Marpoint has provided solutions for all these challenges and requirements. This included its Evo2 router and platform for bandwidth optimisation, network control, virtual private networks, crew hotspot and calling facilities. It supplied web filtering, network inventory reporting, network asset automated alerts and Uni virtual machine manager.
Uni is Marpoint’s three-node, all-active cluster with virtual machines and continuous replication for hosting critical vessel applications.
Marpoint also remotely manages the performance and health of network assets such as printers and thin clients; provides private cloud virtual machines with a central management back-up platform; desktop virtualisation; maritime-optimised file storage and sharing; and an active directory using Linux thin clients offering one account per crew member.
Other services include back-up storage for vessels’ critical applications and software; antivirus integration with a cloud-hosted management portal for real-time, holistic monitoring of the vessel’s antivirus protection; automatic software patching and intrusion detection systems that monitor traffic moving on networks and through systems to search for suspicious activity and known threats.
Greece-headquartered Navarone operates Panamax, Handymax, Supramax and Handysize vessels to transport bulk dry cargoes.
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