ClassNK and SSA to conduct joint vessel cyber centre research

The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) and ClassNK have announced that they have signed an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) to establish a framework for cooperation in cyber security research activities.

The two parties will conduct joint research into the potential benefits of introducing vessel cyber security operation centres that would provide crew members with support from shore in monitoring and responding to cyber events on board.

SSA and ClassNK aim to draft a joint white paper based on the findings of this research and develop education and training plans to support the development of personnel to work at such cyber security centres.

“Cyber-risks for ships are growing, as our industry gets more digitally sophisticated, integrated, and automated,” said Michael Phoon, Executive Director of the Singapore Shipping Association.

“Today, many shipping companies are focused on providing better welfare onboard for their seafarers, such as internet connectivity for them to stay in touch with their family and friends. That means, the ability of onshore personnel to gain access to decisive and strategic cyber threat intelligence and insights is critical.”

“This SSA-ClassNK partnership is timely as it forms the basis of efficient operations of cyber security operation centres aimed at supporting onboard cyber needs.”

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