ClassNK adds new software security guidelines

Classification Society ClassNK has released its new Guidelines for Software Security, aimed to provide assistance to maritime software developers, system integrators, and other stakeholders in managing cyber safety when implementing vessel systems.

As part of the ClassNK Cyber Security Series, ClassNK regularly releases guidelines and standards that outline cyber security measures based on the recently-released ClassNK Cyber Security Approach, which outlines the class society’s basic approach to ensuring onboard cyber security for ships.

The third and latest part of this series, the Guidelines for Software Security aim to assist with risk management for the software used on board vessels. The document outlines recommended security measures to take throughout the development, integration, and operation stages of the software.

The Guidelines were developed in collaboration with ClassNK partner TÜV Rheinland, a specialist in testing, inspection and certification services.

“We are pleased with the rapid progress regarding cyber security we have made through our partnership in the first half of the year. Both ClassNK and TÜV Rheinland will continue to make the most of our expertise and provide cyber security related services in the maritime industry for the further safety of vessels,” said Naoki Saito, General Manager of the Maritime Education and Training Certification Team at ClassNK.

The Guidelines for Software Security are available to download free of charge via ClassNK’s website for those who have registered for the ClassNK ‘My Page’ service.

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