Bureau Veritas introduces new cyber notations

Classification society Bureau Veritas (BV) is addressing the range of new maritime cyber risk issues confronting shipping and has developed a comprehensive approach to support shipowners.

A new series of classification notations, guidelines and services enable owners to comply with regulatory requirements, safeguard their crews and protect their assets from both malfunction and malicious attack, BV said in a press release.

Bureau Veritas now offers two cyber notations, the first focussing on software change management, and the second addressing cyber security.

SW-Registry focuses on software change management ensuring that installations of tested new software versions are properly tracked. And requires the creation and maintenance of a certified register of software used in the ship’s onboard systems.

This notation is compulsory for newbuild ships using digital systems and enables owners to comply with IACS UR E22, applicable from 1 July 2017. Existing ships may choose to create their own register and would benefit from the additional class notation to help indicate their cyber safety level, BV said.

The SYS-COM notation is directed at preventing malicious cyber attacks and is a voluntary notation covering the exchange of data between ship and shore. Although this has been identified as a key cyber security threat to digital ship data and systems, BV is currently the only classification society to offer a notation for this specific risk.

The experience gained from projects with shipowners and providers of ship equipment and technology systems has been vital in developing and testing the BV approach, the classification society said, citing recent announcements of projects with Bourbon and Kongsberg are examples.

Marine marketing and sales director Gijsbert de Jong said: “As vessels become increasingly smart and reliant on digital systems, both cyber safety and security have become a major concern for shipowners seeking to protect their data, people, assets and operations. The approach developed by Bureau Veritas enables shipowners to address risks relating to digital onboard systems, including the major cybersecurity threat to communications between ship and shore.”

Jean-François Segretain, Technical Director, Bureau Veritas added: “Bureau Veritas continues to invest in developing specialist skills to help our clients leverage the power of digital systems to improve fleet efficiency and performance, while keeping their ships, crew and data safe.”
Further tools and services are planned for 2018, including a certification scheme covering all onboard systems and equipment and an additional class notation covering continuous monitoring of the state of the onboard systems and logging of security events to ensure traceability.

Posted 14 March 2018

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Vincent Wee

Asia Editor, Seatrade Maritime News

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