Headquartered in Bergen, Norway, North Sea OSV operator Atlantic Offshore has ensured its cyber protection surpasses that outlined by IMO in its approaching requirements for shipowners
“The shift towards digitalisation, crew welfare needs and demand for greater vessel efficiency are all drivers for reviewing and upgrading our ship/shore connectivity needs," said Atlantic Offshore chief executive Roy Wareberg. “Meeting next year’s IMO cyber security rules in the same step was an opportunity too good to miss,” added Mr Wareberg.
Atlantic Offshore adapted Fleet Secure Endpoint from Inmarsat to protect against ongoing cyber threats to coincide with a Fleet Xpress bandwidth upgrade across its fleet of offshore support vessels. All vessels now use Fleet Xpress to achieve maximum upload/download speeds of 4 MBps/2 MBps, with the Ka-band/L-band solution delivering committed information rates of 256 kbps.
Fleet Secure Endpoint protects ship networks at their vulnerable ‘endpoints’, which can be anything from a business-critical PC to a crew laptop. The multi-layered protection solution scans the network and eliminates malicious encryption, blocks forbidden sites, shuts down malicious connections and runs anti-spyware/anti-phishing software. It only allows trusted endpoints to interact with the network, with new devices labelled rogue until verified. Malware introduced by infected USBs also prompts ‘guardian portal’ intervention.
“We are seeing data usage on board ship doubling roughly every eight months and owners develop a competitive edge by upgrading connectivity to anticipate crew welfare and vessel operational needs,” said Inmarsat Maritime vice president offshore and fishing Eric Griffin. “Forward-looking companies such as Atlantic Offshore recognise that the threat from cyber criminals is also rising, which is why they choose Inmarsat as a secure connectivity provider across all touch points, including endpoints,” noted Mr Griffin.
Available for use with Fleet Xpress, FleetBroadband, and Fleet One, Fleet Secure Endpoint covers 10 of the 20 detection, reporting and recovery criteria defined by the SANS Institute as essential for cyber security without requiring hardware adjustments or awareness training.
Shipowners and managers must incorporate guidelines relating to cyber risk management into their safety management systems by 1 January 2021.
Inmarsat said its Fleet Secure Endpoint provides a cost-effective cyber security product for the maritime market that helps support compliance, in a single solution that protects vessels and the communications network.
“The Fleet Secure Endpoint Security report gives the owner a clear overview of the security status of the vessel in a format that is fully compliant with IMO 2021,” said Mr Griffin.
Get the latest information and viewpoints on maritime digitalisation during Riviera Maritime Media’s series of webinar weeks on key technical subjects in shipping