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ABS expands its CyberSafety programme

ABS has unveiled an expanded version of what it calls the first comprehensive cybersecurity certification and optional notations for marine and offshore assets and facilities at SMM.

The launch follows introduction of the ABS CyberSafety series of guidance notes earlier this year, which in turn coincided with the classification society’s setting up of a dedicated “CyberSafety laboratory”, staffed it with a team of global cyber experts to expand the safety scope and verify cyber systems that look beyond physical asset safety.

The entire CyberSafety initiative represents what ABS calls a risk-based management program for asset owners to apply best practice approaches to cybersecurity, automated systems safety, data integrity and software verification.

“Our unique approach to cybersafety charts a new path, delivering wider and deeper classification services as technology evolves and becomes more sophisticated, reaching far beyond simple compliance and directly to asset and facility security,” said ABS cto Howard Fireman.

The program provides “the only actionable guidance for addressing and assessing cyber-enabled systems that emphasize human, systems and environmental safety,” Fireman added.

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