Cyber Security is one of those topics that keeps coming to the surface. Highlighted throughout 2020, cyber attacks continue to increase.

IMO guidance

IMO has issued MSC-FAL.1/Circ.3 Guidelines on maritime cyber risk management.

The guidelines provide high-level recommendations on maritime cyber risk management to safeguard shipping from current and emerging cyber threats and vulnerabilities and include functional elements that support effective cyber risk management. The recommendations can be incorporated into existing risk management processes and are complementary to the safety and security management practices already established by IMO.

The Maritime Safety Committee, at its 98th session in June 2017, also adopted Resolution MSC.428(98) – Maritime Cyber Risk Management in Safety Management Systems. The resolution encourages administrations to ensure that cyber risks are appropriately addressed in existing safety management systems (as defined in the ISM Code) no later than the first annual verification of the company’s Document of Compliance after 1 January 2021.

Poseidon’s solution for defence in the Bridge

ChallengerShield provides a secure method for transferring files between e-mail and internet enabled PCs and the ECDIS, or other important equipment on the bridge, by locking down the ChallengerShield USB stick with a with low level file system, leaving no empty storage space meaning harmful files cannot be intentionally or unintentionally transferred.

Only a protected USB can then be used on the bridge, which provides the user with options for common operations such as copying ENC permits or updates. Files also cannot be added to the USB stick outside of the ChallengerShield software environment, to maintain its security.

To enquire further please contact our Sales Executive Claire Nicol, claire.nicol@poseidonnavigation.com