Marlink updates cyber protection system

Marlink has released a new version of CyberGuard Threat Detection, its cloud-based system for vessel protection and recovery in the face of cyber threats.

The system has already been installed on some 1,000 ships, which will have access to new features to improve their cyber analysis and response and assist in managing compliance with regulations.

The service uses Deep Packet Inspection technology to retroactively explore whether any newly identified indicator of compromise might have attacked the vessel. Other new features include ‘one click’ countermeasures via the CyberGuard dashboard to contain a cyber threat, DNS blacklisting to block malicious web domains and Media Access Control (MAC) address blacklisting to quarantine an infected device and prevent it from spreading the threat across a network.

Marlink has also launched a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) programme as part of CyberGuard, which enables shipping companies to completely outsource cyber security tasks, including monitoring, threat confirmation, and countermeasure implementation.

“The past year has once again proven that cyber-attacks are unfortunately a fact of life for shipping companies, posing a serious risk to the safety of vessel operations, cargoes, crew and the environment. In essence, the business continuity of shipping companies is at stake which requires the implementation of advanced and up-to-date cyber security protection measures,” said Nicolas Furgé, President, Digital, Marlink.

“Our upgraded CyberGuard solution improves threat visibility, automates remediation and allows customers to focus on their business operations.”

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