Ugland Marine Services implements Spectrum for fleet-wide IT network management

Norwegian ship owner and manager Ugland Marine Services, an operator of bulk carriers, barges and Offshore Service Vessels, is to roll out the Spectrum centralised remote monitoring platform from Navarino across its fleet following a three-month trial.

The Spectrum service will be used to manage the vessels’ entire onboard IT and connectivity infrastructure, while also acting as an information source to assist the company in complying with cyber risk management regulations.

“Our primary reasons for choosing Spectrum were the Windows Update functionalities and the asset management tools,” said Marius Kjølleberg, Senior ICT Security Consultant at Ugland.

“When we have, let’s say, 10 client computer systems on board, it is a much faster process to download Windows Updates through Spectrum than to individually download them on each piece of IT infrastructure, which will ultimately make our lives quite a bit easier. Not only this, but this minimises data consumption, supporting the financial goals of the company.”

“The second reason pertains to Spectrum’s asset management capabilities – the asset overview function helps to be compliant with the new IMO regulations.”

Spectrum’s integrated Asset Management capabilities can be used to define custom asset categories, including equipment that is connected to both the vessel’s IT network and to OT assets. Instances of network-enabled equipment are populated automatically within the system, providing an overview of the equipment and software installed, as well as the network topology.

This information is available in printable reports from both the vessel dashboard and the centralised fleet-wide dashboard, and can be used to maintain an audit trail of all changes and updates that take place for cyber compliance purposes.

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