New Bureau Veritas tool assesses cyber resilience of ships

CHART scans onboard equipment to provide cybersecurity health check reports for ship operators

New Bureau Veritas tool assesses cyber resilience of ships

Bureau Veritas

Philippe Vaquer, cybersecurity manager at BV Marine & Offshore, presented CHART at Seatrade Cruise Global in Fort Lauderdale, USA

By Alice Chambers |

Classification firm Bureau Veritas (BV) has launched its new Cyber Health Analysis Report Tool (CHART) to help shipowners understand their vessels’ digital architecture and prepare against potential cyberthreats.

CHART assesses cyber resilience so that operators can review, maintain and update their systems to combat evolving security threats.

The tool scans onboard equipment, networks, security mechanisms and interconnections, based on BV’s rules and notations on cybersecurity, to provide a cybersecurity health check report.

“The monitoring and remote management of connected and even hyper-connected systems, as well as cloud-based web applications, have become instrumental to improve ships’ performance and efficiency,” said Paul Delouche, strategy and advanced services director at BV Marine & Offshore. “While their benefits are undeniable, these systems also increase the surface for potential cyberattacks. Our role at BV is to support companies with our technical expertise on the cybersecurity ecosystem, and our knowledge of the highest industry standards, to help them progress in their digital resilience journey with the confidence that the right safeguards are in place to protect their systems and critical data.

“Our goal is to enable shipowners to protect their assets, define expectations for shipyards and equipment manufacturers, and support compliance with flag authority, IACS and IMO regulations.”

The new tool can be used to validate a ship’s compliance with upcoming IACS Cyber Resilience Unified Requirements UR E26, which will require the implementation of cybersecurity protection and be made mandatory from 1 January 2024.

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