ABB opens maritime cyber security laboratory for vessel stress-tests

ABB’s Marine & Ports division has opened a new cyber security laboratory to assist shipping companies in carrying out cyber security stress-tests ahead of the entry into force of new International Maritime Organization (IMO) cyber security regulations on January 1, 2021.

IMO will require shipping companies to demonstrate that cyber threats have been accounted for in vessel Safety Management System (SMS) risk assessments from 2021 onwards.

In line with the IMO guidelines, the new laboratory features hardware and software systems developed to combat maritime cyber risks, and will host virtual demonstrations to show off its systems and capabilities.

“Cyber security is not a product but an evolving target which needs constant monitoring, managing and updating,” said Ahmed Hassan, Head of Cyber Security, ABB Marine & Ports.

“As a single vendor offering operating technology (OT) and cyber security, we recognise that managing cyber security is a careful balance between risk, functionality and cost. The principles of cyber security must apply across all maritime stakeholders, from designers and builders, to owners, operators and crew; and from classification societies to universities and research bodies, government departments and insurers.” 

Services offered by the cyber security lab include a demonstration reference architecture that targets network segmentation and segregation, network traffic monitoring for vulnerabilities, security log monitoring for control system components, and an ABB Ability Cyber Asset Inventory system to discover and record system inventory.

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