Newbuild passenger ship granted cybersecurity verification for entire vessel

DNV GL has awarded an entire vessel cybersecurity verification for the first time, working with the shipowner and with systems integrator ABB during the construction phase for the large passenger ship at the shipyard in Europe to verify the security of systems installed at every level of operation.

Cybersecurity management processes will continue during the ship’s operations, with the system’s resilience needing to be maintained throughout the lifetime of the vessel to preserve its security.

“It is vital that the maritime industry focuses on cybersecurity as an essential part of both design and operation,” said Johann Melsted, Area Manager Benelux & France for DNV GL, “which is why we are so pleased to be working with forward looking partners, who are prepared to engage with this emerging risk and demonstrate their commitment to tackling cyber threats.”

DNV GL’s Integrated Cyber Security Dependent Systems verification establishes a framework to address cybersecurity levels for the main functions of a vessel – both during construction and in operation.

While the framework is applicable to any vessel, the greater sophistication and deeper integration of operational technology systems aboard complex vessels such as cruise ships means that appropriate cybersecurity management is of fundamental importance.

“ABB recognises the importance of cybersecurity in the marine industry and is working closely with shipowners, yards and classification societies to enhance cyber resilience of ships,” said Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports.

“As vessels become more electric, digital and connected than ever before, it is of vital importance that we equip and empower seafarers with reliable solutions that are cyber secure.”

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