DNV Approves ABB’s Integrated Ship Operating System


A recent news article published in the Riviera states that DNV certifies ABB’s integrated ship operating system.

ABB Cyber Secure Essential SP1 certification

DNV has awarded ABB Cyber Secure Essential SP1 certification for its ship automation, propulsion and power systems, fully integrated with the remote access system.

The certification confirms ABB’s cyber-security offering meets the classification society’s Cyber Secure SP1 requirements based on the internationally recognised standard for control system cyber security, IEC62443.

Certification is a significant advancement

ABB said the certification is “a significant advancement” over the previous SP0 verification achieved by the company in 2021, both in terms of scope and level of security controls.

ABB Marine & Ports’ head of cyber security Ahmed Hassan remarked, “SP1 certification marks a significant upgrade in the cyber-security levels for ships. While it is crucial to secure the communication between the vessel and the Cloud, it is also important to build cyber security into the systems essential for operation, while separating these from the non-essential ones.” 

“This builds ‘Defence in depth’ into the vessel design – a mechanism with several security controls where if one measure fails, another will come into play to protect assets. As a result, cyber-security risks can be mitigated on an increasingly stronger level that goes beyond what has been possible in the marine industry up until now.”

IMO stresses on cyber-security risk assessment

Since January 2021, IMO has required that every ship’s safety management system include a cyber-security risk assessment.

However, the risk assessment needed for compliance does not specify the means of protecting systems and networks at sea, leaving it to shipowners to make their own cyber-security arrangements.

However, DNV group leader for cyber safety and security Jarle Coll Blomhoff believes owners alone cannot take the full burden of responsibility, “They rely on the expertise from yards, suppliers and classification societies to make sure they are prepared to deal with cyber threats both on board and on shore.”

“The security ABB offers as a built-in feature for systems demonstrates these new threats and the importance of building cyber protection into every link of the supply chain are recognised throughout the maritime industry.”

Approvals to remotely connect to the vessel

The certification acknowledges ABB’s product as providing protection for onboard systems, enabling system recovery to pre-attack status and troubleshooting to find the root cause of a breach.

Approvals to remotely connect to the vessel must be controlled by the onboard crew, with only actively accepted and encrypted connections being permitted.

ABB will offer continuous support to ease customers’ workloads.

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Source: Riviera


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