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Monday, October 21, 2019 

ABS says that a fourth security award in a year for its ABS FCI Cyber Risk methodology has confirmed the US-based class society as global leader in maritime cyber security.

The latest honour was receipt of the Excellence in Data and Technology Innovation Award at the recent Lloyd’s List Asia Pacific Awards, following the Lloyd’s List Americas award secured in September and two awards from Seatrade and Smart4Sea magazines earlier this year.

“As our safety world transforms and focuses on the systems we don’t see, such as software and digital, cyber is quickly adding a new dimension to safety systems,” said Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO. “This succession of awards recognises that ABS remains at the forefront of safety leadership in this new arena.”

Working closely with leading government agencies, ABS Cyber Risk experts pioneered the innovative method, which simplifies cyber risk in marine and offshore environments. ABS developed the ABS FCI Cyber Risk Methodology to measure cyber security risk associated with operational technology, providing clients a calculated risk index for vessels, fleets and facilities. The approach quantifies cyber security risk and gives owners and operators an actionable strategy to reduce cyber risk onboard a vessel. Effectively, it places the controls for responding to cyber risks back into the hands of the asset owner.

The FCI Cyber Risk Methodology was developed following a two-year research contract with the Maritime Security Center—a US Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence—led by Stevens Institute of Technology and including the US Department of Defense.

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