13 Jun 2018 | 

Classification society DNV GL last week announced the forthcoming publication of class notations to help shipowners and operators protect their assets from cyber security incidents. DNV GL said that the new class notations – Cyber secure – would help owners and operators protect vital systems from cyber security threats. They will be published on the DNV GL rules page on July 1st.
DNV GL – Maritime CEO Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, said that “whether in machinery, navigation or communication systems, programmable control systems are a longstanding and essential part of ships and offshore units, but the increasing integration and connectivity of these systems represents an ever-larger target for cyber-security threats”, adding that “as all programmable components are theoretically vulnerable to cyber security threats we have set out, with the new Cyber secure class notations, to offer owners and operators a framework to improve and demonstrate their cyber resilience.”
The Cyber secure class notations have three different qualifiers, Basic, Advanced and +.
Basic is primarily intended for ships in operation. Advanced has been designed to be applied throughout the newbuilding process, with requirements for asset owners and operators, system integrators (e.g. yards), and equipment manufacturers. The Basic and Advanced qualifiers cover a number of essential systems, including propulsion, steering, navigation, and power generation.
The third qualifier, +, is intended for systems that are not part of the default scope of Basic/Advanced. This, said DNV GL, would give owners and operators the flexibility to identify the threats, assess, and secure extra systems which are of particular importance to their operations.
The Cyber secure class notations build on DNV GL’s Recommended Practice (DNVGL-RP-0496) on cyber security and extends to the cyber security assessment of control system components type approval program DNVGL-CP-0231, with which makers can now demonstrate the security of their systems through an independent verification process.

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