Inmarsat Maritime Whitepaper Advocates Comprehensive Cyber Security Approach in Anticipation of New IACS Requirements

Inmarsat Maritime, now part of Viasat, has released a white paper urging maritime entities to bolster their cyber defenses amid increasing adoption of connected technologies for digitalization, decarbonization, and crew welfare.

The white paper delves into the new cyber security requirements from the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS). Developed in collaboration with ClassNK, a leading classification society and IACS member, “IACS Unified Requirements E26 And E27 – Beyond Compliance” outlines how organizations can demonstrate compliance with these upcoming standards.

Scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2024, E26 and E27 will set minimum standards for cyber resilience in newbuild vessels and their connected systems. While these requirements promise enhanced visibility into vessel computer assets and network infrastructure, the paper also recognizes their limitations. It emphasizes the need for robust risk-assessment processes and encourages organizations to bolster cyber security policies and associated procedures.

Makiko Tani, Deputy Manager of Cyber Security at ClassNK, advocates a risk-based approach to cyber security, integrating controls across people, processes, and technology. Tani underscores the importance of cyber hygiene through training and the establishment of clear roles and responsibilities within organizations. She highlights ClassNK’s ongoing collaboration with industry leaders to streamline cyber-risk controls and align cyber security policies with organizational governance strategies.

Laurie Eve, Chief of Staff at Inmarsat Maritime, emphasizes the role of Inmarsat Fleet Secure in helping ship owners, operators, and managers comply with these regulations. Fleet Secure offers comprehensive support across three core areas: enhancing cyber security culture, securing network-connected systems and services, and implementing effective incident-response plans. Deployed within a holistic, risk-based framework, Fleet Secure aims to integrate cyber security seamlessly into connectivity strategies, safeguarding assets and personnel from online threats.

Inmarsat’s Fleet Secure portfolio includes Fleet Secure Endpoint, Fleet Secure Unified Threat Management, and Cyber Awareness Training, providing proactive defense measures against potential cyber threats for Fleet Xpress customers.

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