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ICS AND BIMCO RELEASE NEW CYBER SECURITY GUIDE

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has revised one of its guides, to help the shipping industry face the continuing challenges brought by the digital revolution of the maritime sector.

ICS points out that the downside to the digital revolution is the increasing vulnerability of an operator to cyber attack. With internet connectivity on board becoming common and ships' systems increasingly digitised and integrated, ships are now a common target for hackers worldwide it is crucial that the entire crew has an understanding of how and when cyber attacks can occur. ICS has joined with BIMCO and Witherbys to launch the second edition of the Cyber Security Workbook for On Board Ship Use, which provides a ship’s crew with the practical means to identify cyber risks and to protect vulnerable onboard systems.

This workbook will prepare a crew for IMO Resolution 428(98), which states that, from 2021, a vessel’s safety management system (SMS) will need take into account cyber risk management in accordance with the objectives and functional requirements of the ISM Code. Member governments have been encouraged to ensure that safety management systems address cyber risks no later than the first annual verification of the Document of Compliance after 1 January 2021.

Guy Platten, Secretary General, ICS said: “The digital revolution in the maritime industry brings with it not only opportunities, but also responsibilities. In today’s turbulent times the shipowner has many day-to-day challenges to contend with, but the strategic and practical consequences of the ever-increasing digitalisation of shipping cannot be ignored.”

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