Wärtsilä launches Fast Recovery tool for bridge and automation system cyber attacks

Wärtsilä has launched a new Fast Recovery tool for use in the event of a software-related cyber incident involving onboard bridge and automation systems.

The new tech will be made available as part of the NACOS Platinum System, and is designed to support recovery from cyber threats, such as ransomware, within thirty minutes.

The software/hardware tools and guidelines provided have been designed so that the recovery process can be performed entirely by the crew, giving them autonomy over restoring automation, navigation and control systems.

“Increasingly, technology is playing an important role in maritime operations, tackling some of the industry’s biggest challenges and inefficiencies. However, the rapid digitalisation and increased use of integrated systems and software on ships and offshore platforms have amplified the need for cyber resilience to ensure safe and secure shipping as the industry continues its digital evolution,” said Christian Skytte, Head of Product for Automation Systems at Wärtsilä.

“It’s exactly for this reason that our new tool represents a crucial investment for all ship owners, operators and shipyards looking to improve the cyber resilience of their operations.”

“The goal of the NACOS Platinum system has always been to provide customers with the necessary measures to mitigate and respond to potential threats that could endanger lives at sea. Now, through our Fast Recovery tool, customers will be better equipped to quickly and efficiently manage risks, so that they can ensure business continuity of their operations at sea.”

Wärtsilä says that it worked closely with Royal Caribbean Group during the Fast Recovery tool development process, with the cruise operator providing operational use cases for the system.

“Since 2017, Royal Caribbean has been investing in cyber security resiliency programmes with critical marine system vendors including Wärtsilä,” said Patrick Rossi, Senior Cyber Security Newbuild Manager, Royal Caribbean Group.

“As described in the ‘Security by design’ paper published after the first results of the resiliency programme, by reviewing the newbuild process from concept to operations, opportunities for process and product improvements such as the NACOS Platinum Fast Recovery system can be identified by marine vendors and yards to address operational needs and upcoming regulatory requirements.”

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