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CLASSNK JOINS PARTNERSHIP TO SHARE CYBERSECURITY INFORMATION

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 

ClassNK has joined the Maritime Transportation System Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MTS-ISAC) as part of a number of maritime community partners which have formed a relationship aimed at strengthening vessel and shoreside cyber risk management.

The partnership provides ClassNK with actionable insights from community-sourced cyber threat intelligence to reinforce ClassNK’s Cyber Security Guidelines to help prevent cyber incidents from negatively impacting the safety and security of maritime operations. ClassNK is the first classification society and the first non-US organisation to formally join the MTS-ISAC, helping broaden the reach of the MTS-ISAC’s efforts to support the maritime community.

Both vessel and shoreside cybersecurity efforts will be under increasing scrutiny starting in 2021, with the IMO deadline for Maritime Cyber Risk Management to be addressed in Safety Management Systems. Meanwhile, the US Coast Guard will be inspecting Maritime Transportation Security Act 2002 regulated facilities for cyber risk management efforts for the first time. Both of these efforts have signaled to maritime stakeholders that cybersecurity is a priority that must be addressed.

Hirofumi Takano, EVP ClassNK, said: “We have been working with the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), maritime stakeholders and cyber security professionals to understand and promote cybersecurity best practices across the maritime transportation system (MTS). By joining the MTS-ISAC, we will have increased visibility to current, real-world examples of cyber threats targeting MTS stakeholders. This provides us an opportunity to reinforce how, and periodically update, ClassNK’s Cyber Security standards to provide our stakeholders with the latest security recommendations to protect their assets from cyber threats. With IMO 2021 right around the corner, this relationship is perfectly timed to add increasing value to our stakeholders, and we are excited to be a part of the active and growing MTS-ISAC community. We hope ClassNK stakeholders will quickly understand the value of this partnership.”

Scott Dickerson, MTS-ISAC Executive Director said: “We are excited that ClassNK is bringing a proactive, classification society perspective into the MTS-ISAC community,” adds  “The MTS community’s resiliency is improved when we can quickly address cyber risks with meaningful cybersecurity controls. ClassNK joining the MTS-ISAC is a perfect example of how community partnerships provide win-win situations while reinforcing to stakeholders how the implementation of guidelines and recommended security controls can reduce their exposure to risks the community is actively seeing. The MTS-ISAC’s Board of Directors understands the importance of cyber risk prevention efforts and are supportive of the inclusion of class societies into our information sharing ecosystem as a key component to building a stronger culture of community cybersecurity.”

MTS-ISAC was formed in February 2020 and has seen rapid adoption of its Cybersecurity Information Sharing Services. It has produced a number of maritime cybersecurity advisories sourced from member shared information. The MTS-ISAC strives to incorporate best practices into their intelligence products so that MTS critical infrastructure stakeholders can be better protected. While ClassNK is the ISAC’s first international member, it anticipates additional international stakeholders will join the community.

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