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Bimco launches new cyber-security guidelines

Bimco launches new cyber-security guidelines
Bimco has launched a set of guidelines to help the shipping industry secure itself against the threat of cyber-attackers.

Developed jointly with Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Intercargo and Intertanko, the Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships, the free to download guidelines from the Bimco website, outline many vulnerabilities not only limited to operational and financial data, and steps which can be taken to reduce the threat.

According to the report, bridge and navigation systems including ECDIS, GNSS, AIS, VDR and Radar/ARPA, as well as cargo management systems and propulsion monitoring systems all interface with shoreside networks, leaving them vulnerable.

“Bimco has led the way to identify potential cyber vulnerabilities for ships – and their implications – based on the latest expert research,” said Angus Frew, secretary general. “The aim is to provide the shipping industry with clear and comprehensive information on cyber security risks to ships enabling shipowners to take measures to protect against attacks and to deal with the eventuality of cyber incidents.”