Port-IT updates vessel cyber defence package

Port-IT has launched a new version of its Vanir Endpoint Security system for the maritime sector, adding an expanded patch management service and support for new devices.

“This version is the biggest release we have ever done. It enables customers to receive feedback on all cyber security services used via a single unique onboard interface, showing a true synergy between the products. This is not seen in the industry so far and really is a major step in protecting ships,” said Port-IT CEO, Youri Hart.

“Besides the whole new user interface and service integration, the biggest news is that we have introduced a new service and a long-standing client wish: patch management. With this feature we can remotely update our Endpoint Security Suite to newer versions without the need for customer interaction. And at the same time, it gives our customers the capability to update their own applications, e.g., WinZip.”

“Although Patch Management is not directly a security feature, it does help in preventing malicious attacks in programs that have known issues. We first scouted the market for already existing patch management applications, but those were costly and would raise the license price for customers significantly. By developing our own patch management feature, we can integrate it as a service in our full product line-up, making it available via a single dashboard. And, equally important, we avoid passing on the higher costs to our customers.”

To improve alerting capabilities, Port-IT has also added additional notifications, for example on malicious activity or newly installed software, and has extended support to Apple IOS devices to provide mobile access. Customers can receive push messages on their mobile phone or Apple Watch, notifying them of a high-risk alert on one of their vessels.

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