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Why cyber security is essential for your business
Cyber security is an increasingly important topic for the maritime and offshore industries due to rapid digital transformation and with that comes new threats and regulatory requirements.
Optimization of operations remains a critical focus, and those who can utilize new technologies and digital solutions will have the upper hand. Cyber security is a critical risk area, as ship operation is largely dependent on the effectiveness of software-based systems for operations.
Cyber systems for ships and mobile units are classified as either IT (standard information systems) or OT (operation and control systems).
IT is typically more mature when it comes to cyber security, with established procedures, technology and training being applied using an information security management system (ISMS) – at least onshore. A breach of IT systems can have significant reputational and financial impact. However, it typically does not impact the safe operation of your ships and units.
OT, in contrast, is less mature when it comes to cyber security, and an attack on on-board OT systems may jeopardize the vessel’s and crew’s safety. As a class society, we work together with the industry to ensure owners, yards and suppliers are prepared to build and operate cyber-secure ships and offshore units.