Vega secures fleets with cyber unified threat management, states a Riviera news source.
German manager of container ships, tankers and bulk carriers, Vega-Reederei, has contracted Inmarsat to provide cyber security across its fleet.
Vega’s ships are connected to Inmarsat’s Global Xpress Ka-band satellite communications and L-band back-up through Fleet Xpress services, and will be covered through Fleet Secure.
Under the new agreement, Inmarsat will install its unified threat management (UTM) across the Hamburg-based shipmanager’s fleet of vessels.
Vega is being proactive in protecting the fleet against growing cyber threats through these installations, which will include four new 1,868-TEU container ships expected to be added to the European coastal services by 2024.
“Although our vessels have not so far fallen victim to cyber-crime, we are aware that both the frequency and severity of network attacks in shipping are growing fast,” said Vega security officer Henrik König.
“As our fleet grows, this threat becomes more significant and difficult to manage.”
Inmarsat offers global coverage and cyber-security capabilities through Fleet Xpress and Fleet Secure UTM “to keep our managed fleet safe from the risks of an increasingly connected maritime industry,” said Mr König.
Fleet Secure UTM is a comprehensive suite of network security tools protecting vessel networks from online threats and hackers. It intelligently scans all connected networks for malicious traffic, safeguarding against cyber attacks and intrusion from infected devices.
IMO’s 2021 requirements on cyber security
“With Fleet Secure UTM, Vega meets not only IMO’s 2021 requirements on cyber security, but also the expectations of its customers and the owners of its managed vessels, who can now rest assured their ships are comprehensively protected from cyber threats,” said Inmarsat Maritime regional director for North Europe Scott Middleton.
Fleet Secure UTM provides real-time digital security and status updates, allowing shipowners and managers to monitor and mitigate network threats as they arise.
Inmarsat works with Port-IT in developing Fleet Secure UTM and for ongoing support to shipowners and managers.
This solution is backed by Inmarsat’s dedicated Cyber Security Operations Centre (CSOC), which provides support in addressing customers’ security concerns.
CSOC deploys a range of technologies to monitor and detect threats – including the latest methods of attack – across Inmarsat’s core infrastructure, networks and services. Any irregular activities are investigated by inhouse cyber-security experts.
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