Guidance will Ensure Ships are Compliant with IMO Cyber Risk

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Guidance is now published and will ensure shipowners to comply with IMO’s cyber risk management requirements, reports Marine Mec.

Flag state Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) has issued guidance notes for owners of its flagged vessels to appropriately address cybersecurity elements of safety management systems.

RMI is one of the sponsors of Riviera Maritime Media’s European Cyber Risk Management Summit, held in association with Norton Rose Fulbright in London on 15 June.

IMO Cyber security

Owners must be in compliance with IMO resolution MSC.428 (98) that concerns about the maritime cyber risk management of safety management systems after 1 January 2021.

RMI provides guidance for identifying information sources to assist shipowners in establishing policies, procedures and actions to maintain the security of cyber systems on board their ships.

These sources can include IMO circular MSC-FAL.1/Circ.3, which contains recommendations and functional elements for effective maritime cyber risk management.

RMI recommendation

RMI also recommends shipowners to follow the Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships, published in 2017 by a consortium of shipping industry associations. These are aligned to the IMO guidelines and can address issues of managing ship-to-shore interfaces, network segregation, port risks and maritime cyber insurance coverage.

In addition, RMI has included a maritime cyber risk management resources list compiled from different sources which will be updated on a regular basis.

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Source: Marinemec

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