NSSLGlobal has launched a new onboard communications and IT management system called SMART@SEA, a virtualised appliance providing operational control over connectivity networks, bandwidth usage and cyber security.
Developed in-house by the company, the digital platform was created in response to the IMO MSC.428 resolution on Maritime Cyber Risk Management in Safety Management Systems that came into effect at the beginning of this year, placing responsibility for cyber risk management on vessel operators.
SMART@SEA’s features include an integrated Unified Threat Management (UTM) with Layer 7 firewall, anti-virus, intrusion detection and prevention systems, Cyber Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) and an embedded VPN.
The system offers operational control of the various satellite or terrestrial communications systems deployed on the ship, and also enables remote deployment and delivery of new applications, from NSSLGlobal or third parties.
The virtualised platform can additionally provide computer hosting services, allowing configurations, updates and patches to be remotely managed without the need for training on the specific platforms.
“Use of ever connected technologies has brought innumerable benefits to the maritime industry in terms of cost savings, efficiency and flexibility. However, this global interconnectivity also poses significant security risk to the maritime industry,” said Sally-Anne Ray, Group CEO at NSSLGlobal.
“NSSLGlobal’s new Smart@Sea suite of services brings together the seamless integration of communication, cybersecurity, IT services and crew welfare to help support vessel operators in their IMO cyber compliancy. It also offers a complete solution for all their operational needs in one simple user interface that can be managed and proactively monitored both on board, remotely by the HQ and of course backed up by our highly skilled 24/7 NOC operators.”
“The launch of our future-proof Smart@Sea Portfolio is testament to us listening to our customers in continuing to customise and build our Technology Roadmap around their existing and emerging needs.”