KR Teams Up With Hyundai LNG for Cyber-security Research


Hyundai LNG Shipping (HLS) and the Korean Register (KR) have signed an MoU agreeing to conduct joint research on applying, verifying and developing guidance for maritime cyber security systems, reports The Maritime Executive.

The companies will jointly verify cyber security solutions applicable to new ships and develop risk analysis and design safety evaluations for cyber security systems.

Uptrend in cyber security management

By requiring shipowners and managers incorporate cyber risk management into shipping’s International Safety Management (ISM) Code, IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) resolution MSC.428 (98), adopted in 2017, will increase demand for cyber security risk management from 2021.

Executive vice president of KR’s R&D division Ha Tae-bum said the MoU and the resulting joint research would “strengthen Korean Register’s capabilities in the certification of new ships”.

New regulations at play

HLS head of business operation division, Choi Jang-pal said the MoU is a commitment to develop “proactive cyber security expertise to further support shipowners and their vessels when the new regulations come into force”.

KR has invested in developing cyber security resources in recent years.

In 2016, the classification society established a specialist Cyber Security Task Force Team and published the first KR Cyber Security Guidelines.

Cyber security certification system

KR established its own maritime cyber security certification system in 2018, in accordance with international security standards ISO 27001, IEC 62443, NIST framework and in line with IMO and BIMCO’s cyber security guidelines.

KR provides a cyber security certification service for companies and ships and cyber security type-approval services for networks and automation systems of ships.


Earlier in 2019, KR granted its first cyber security type-approval certificate to Hyundai Electrics for its Hyundai Integrated Smart Communication System (Hyundai-ISCS), aimed at providing comprehensive cyber security protection for next-generation vessels.

Authorities will be obliged to ensure cyber risks are appropriately addressed in existing safety management systems with a deadline of no later than the first annual verification of a company’s document of compliance after 1 January 2021.

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Source: The Maritime Executive


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