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Tuesday, June 15, 2021 

Cyprus-based cybersecurity specialist Epsco-Ra Security Systems has developed a comprehensive and thorough cyber security solution that it says can protect shipping company networks beyond the standards required by IMO.

Epsco-Ra's network monitoring, vulnerability detection and security management solution is released as cyber threats to shipping companies are compounding. Ra Endpoint Detection & Response (RaEDR) is a Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) application, configured specifically for low bandwidth connectivity encountered across merchant shipping fleets, and for enhanced security required in offshore and passenger shipping sectors. RaEDR secures all systems on ships and in company offices linked to the internet and identifies potential for security breaches and cyber vulnerabilities. It offers shipping companies 24/7 security monitoring and protection including against emerging threats, hackers and vindictive viruses.

RaEDR is downloaded and installed on onboard computers and supported by a cloud-hosted back-end. It provides real-time information on digital dashboards and diagnosing cyber issues.

An Epsco-Ra team co-manages RaEDR services, assisting on monitoring and analysing data and then advising shipping companies of needed actions.There is a ticketing system for alerts of reasonable severity and instant voice communications and group alerts for those requiring immediate attention.

The dashboards have graphical displays of key cybersecurity, vulnerability and threat-level information in pie and bar charts for quick review. They also show cybersecurity data in detail, including background network and security information, enabling IT managers to drill down into potential cyber issues or vulnerability changes. Remediation information can be taken and exported if required via the dashboards. RaEDR integrates with Microsoft Windows Defender (providing enhanced features), but integration with other AV software is also possible.

RaEDR provides the IT Manager with full visibility of the endpoint, including applications that would not be picked up from a traditional network scan. Changes in privileges can be identified, when an employee or endpoint begins to do more than the usual zero administrative privileges allow. IT managers would be alerted if there are issues with Windows Defender, or if there is a spike in services or a halt in service as these could indicate a potential defence invasion.

An important additional feature is that Ship managers have the ability monitor compliance to NIST 800-53 [US National Institute of Standards and Technology’s special publication 800-53 for security and privacy controls for federal information systems] and GDPR [European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation] as well as other compliance regulations as required.

RaEDR is said to be fully scalable to any size of fleet. Shipping companies will pay monthly subscription with no upfront costs and services can be transferred between owners if ships are sold.

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