Treat ships as offices

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!

Email is now an inescapable part of day-to-day vessel operation and is commonly exploited by cyber criminals. However, crew can be protected from phishing scams and attempts to obtain sensitive information through social engineering by employing enterprise-grade filtering systems.

As a general rule, onboard PCs should be protected no differently from those used in offices ashore. That means running anti-virus and anti-malware systems and applying security patches in a timely fashion to reduce the risk of these machines acting as launchpad for attack on servers and other computers on the ship’s network.

Security patches should be included in the periodic maintenance cycle. These updates should be applied in a timely manner to ensure that any flaws in a system are addressed before they can be exploited.

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