ABB, DNV GL and the shipowner collaborated closely to ensure the resilience of the ship’s cybersecurity system (Image: ABB)
Technology company ABB has received cybersecurity verification from DNV GL for its solutions onboard a large passenger vessel, making the ship the first in the industry to achieve compliance under the classification society’s framework.
ABB, DNV GL and the shipowner collaborated closely during the construction phase to ensure the resilience of the vessel’s cybersecurity systems. Management processes will continue during the ship’s operations to ensure this resilience is maintained throughout its lifetime.
“ABB recognises the importance of cybersecurity in the marine industry and is working closely with shipowners, yards and classification societies to enhance cyber resilience of ships,” said Juha Koskela, managing director of ABB Marine & Ports. “As vessels become more electric, digital and connected than ever before, it is of vital importance that we equip and empower seafarers with reliable solutions that are cyber secure.”
DNV GL’s Integrated Cyber Security Dependent Systems verification establishes a framework to address cybersecurity levels for the main functions of a vessel during both construction and operation. The framework is applicable to any vessel but requires a greater level of sophistication and integration for systems onboard a cruise ship.
“It is vital that the maritime industry focuses on cybersecurity as an essential part of both design and operation,” said Johann Melsted, area manager for Benelux & France at DNV GL. “Which is why we are so pleased to be working with forward-looking partners, who are prepared to engage with this emerging risk and demonstrate their commitment to tackling cyber threats.”
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