Law firm Ince has introduced a specialist cyber security service in conjunction with Mission Secure, as part of an integrated legal advisory, business consultancy and technology offering from its newly launched InceMaritime business.
The cyber service is the first in a planned roll out of further managed service products in key areas for the maritime industry over the course of 2021, the firm said.
InceMaritime aims to provide clients with an integrated cyber security offering that protects on-shore and on-vessel OT (operational technology) networks, safeguards operations, and ensures compliance and business continuity.
The joint proposition comprises a full audit of a company’s existing policies to ensure compliance with the new ISM Code for Cyber Security Guidelines (IMO 2021), as well as implementation of the Mission Secure cyber protection platform and its ongoing services for cyber security monitoring, threat hunting, and incident response support.
In the event of a cyber-attack, legal and crisis management services will additionally be provided as part of the package, Ince says.
With the access and limits of insurance cover for cyber incidents often restricted, Ince also expects that owners and operators who sign up to the new service will benefit from better insurance terms and preferential premiums.
“Cyber security is one of the industry’s greatest challenges. The threat level and sophistication of hackers increases every day with the result that many shipping companies do not fully appreciate the seriousness of the issue they face,” said Julian Clark, Global Senior Partner at Ince.
“The combination of the new IMO requirement together with the devastating impact a cyber-attack can have on their operations creates yet another burden for those engaged in vessel operation. In such an ever-evolving risk scenario, who can an owner/operator turn to for a cost effective, reliable solution? Our cooperation with Mission Secure brings all the essential elements that an organisation needs to fully protect itself – from compliance to advanced technology implementation – into one, combined offering.”
“The maritime industry is transforming and becoming more complex. The launch of InceMaritime is responding to this and provides a viable, proactive and loss prevention solution for the market. We want to provide both advice and action, where we will collaborate and bring in specialist experts, like Mission Secure, to provide clients with the best possible solution to help them navigate industry challenges, stimulate growth and thrive.”