Make cyber-risk personal

Cyber-security will come under the remit of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code from 1st January 2021 and measures must be incorporated into your vessels’ Safety Management Systems – good preparation is vital!

Effective cyber-resilience requires more than technical countermeasures alone. Personnel and procedures both have a vital role to play. To protect a vessel, crew must understand what’s at stake and be equipped with the skills needed to follow best practice.

Training and awareness are therefore key supporting elements in managing cyber-risk at sea. At a bare minimum, this should cover risks related to email, internet use, using own devices, using memory sticks and portable hard-drives, and sharing passwords and other credentials.

Policies should be introduced for safeguarding data, user information, passwords and digital certificates. Procedures for restricting computer access to third-party technicians, agents, port officials and other onboard visitors are a must.

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