Cyber self-assessment tool developed by SSA

The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) has launched a new MaritimeSG Shipping CyberSafe Scorecard, allowing ship owners, managers and operators to perform cyber self-assessments via an online portal.

Supported by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the tool is used to measure the level of cybersecurity readiness of fleet operations, based on an industry-specific scorecard, and provide insights into areas for improvement.

The scorecard leverages the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework components of Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, and Recover, providing a common language and a systematic approach for maritime companies of all sizes to better understand, manage, and reduce the cybersecurity risk of vessel operations.

SSA notes that major shipping companies including OSM Thome, Pacific International Lines, PCL and BW Group have already completed their self-assessments in the pilot phase.

Over time, the Association says that it plans to use anonymised data to gain insights into industrywide trends, providing a basis for onboarded companies to benchmark themselves against other peers.

Other future plans for the initiative include introduction of an automated cybersecurity insurance request process, allowing for the display of cybersecurity coverage options within the portal.

“For Singapore to remain a hub for reliable and resilient maritime operations, it is imperative that the industry fortifies its cybersecurity posture,” said T S Teo, Chair of the SSA Digitalisation Committee.

“There is currently nothing on the market that allow companies to perform such an evaluation. The scorecard is the foundation for any company to plan and undertake long term measures to improve their level of cybersecurity preparedness.”

“The launch of the MaritimeSG Shipping CyberSafe Scorecard, hence, marks a pivotal moment in our industry’s journey towards cyber resilience. By providing a comprehensive evaluation framework, we are not only raising awareness but also empowering companies to proactively safeguard their digital assets, fostering a culture of cybersecurity readiness that is crucial for the sustainable growth of maritime trade.”

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