Port-IT adds LEO connectivity service

Maritime cyber security specialist Port-IT is the latest service provider to add LEO (low earth orbit) satellite connectivity to its product portfolio.

The new LEO Connectivity service combines internet access with its cybersecurity offering within a single package, with management and monitoring of the vessel’s overall IT systems and processes also available.

Shipping companies using the service will have a single point of contact for all issues related to the integrated internet connection, cybersecurity system and all related IT management requirements.

“Due to the increasingly faster internet connections the vulnerability of the network is increasing, and the likelihood of being hit by a cyber-attack is continuously growing,” said Port-IT CEO Youri Hart.

“Just imagine what the impact would be if a vessel is stuck in one of the locks in the Panama Canal because of a cyber incident. As many vessels still operate with out-of-date IT networks, connecting those networks to high-speed connections increases the risk of a cyber incident.”

“We are thrilled to introduce Port-IT LEO to the maritime industry. Having a single point for all IT needs onboard improves efficiency, simplifies operations and streamlines communication.”

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