Marlink cyber service gets ClassNK certification

Japanese class society ClassNK has granted an Innovation Endorsement certificate to Marlink for its CyberGuard Threat Detection service.

The ClassNK Products & Solutions Innovation Endorsement is designed to certify the performance of products and systems using digital technologies. Marlink demonstrated the operation of its service during a functional confirmation test in Tokyo, which examined the threat detection engine, customer portal, threat alert notifications and integrated XChange platform countermeasures.

CyberGuard inspects network traffic received from and sent by a vessel and correlates these event logs with multiple threat intelligence databases. Marlink says that, on average, the system detects 30 cyber security threats per month on every vessel, affecting both IT and OT.

Users can view detected cyber security threats and respond by applying countermeasures through the onboard XChange platform. In addition, Marlink’s Security Operations Centre performs threat confirmation and remediation support.

“Awareness of the risks from cyber-attacks is growing in the maritime industry and many vessel operators are not aware of vulnerabilities and threats that are already affecting their operations every day,” said Nicolas Furgé, President, Digital, Marlink.

“ClassNK has recognised that CyberGuard can play a key role in helping its shipowners detect and understand threats and take appropriate remediation action.”

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