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Tuesday, November 12, 2019 

Data and communications company GTMaritime has won the Smart4Sea Award 2019 for Cyber Security, after a public vote recognised GTMailPlus as making the most noteworthy contribution to cyber security in shipping.

The award goes to the organisation demonstrating a significant achievement, breakthrough or contribution to any aspect of cyber security. GTMailPlus includes multiple security applications as standard, including Advanced Threat Protection, Anti-Phishing and Continuity to guard against the ever-increasing threat from cyberattack faced by ships at sea.

GTMaritime Head of Operations Jamie Jones said: “It is known that as many as 72% of shipowners have been victims of a cyber-related incident in the last 12 months and cyber threats can have very real consequences - extortion and financial loss being in some respects the least damaging outcome. Modern ships depend on computers more and more for safe operation. We are immensely proud of this recognition, which really goes to our team of developers and other staff who strive every day to stay one step ahead of hackers.”

In the last six months, GTMaritime claims to have stopped more than 59,500 malware attacks which were unknown to standard antivirus services and halted more than 68,000 known viruses. More than 200,000 spam messages have been prevented from clogging up onboard inboxes

GTMaritime safeguarding products are on board more than 5,600, nearly 10% of the global merchant fleet.  Shipowners have been encouraged to act by IMO’s decision to bring cyber-security under the remit of the ISM code from 2021.

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