BIMCO has introduced guidelines to assist the global shipping industry prevent cyber security breaches onboard ships. These guidelines are the first of this nature for the shipping industry. These guidelines focus on detailing the cyber risks that may occur along with measures to prevent such risks. The guidelines also assist in how to deal with these risks should they unfortunately occur.
4th January 2016
Cyber security guidelines for ships launched today.
BIMCO, together with other leading shipping organisations, has today launched a set of guidelines to help the global shipping industry prevent major safety, environmental and commercial issues that could result from a cyber incident onboard a ship.
The cyber guidelines launched today are a first for the shipping industry, developed by international shipping associations, comprising BIMCO, CLIA, ICS, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO – and with support from a wide range of stakeholders. The Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships are free to download from the BIMCO website.
Angus Frew, Secretary General of BIMCO, said:
“BIMCO has led the way to identify potential cyber vulnerabilities for ships – and their implications – based on the latest expert research.”
“The aim is to provide the shipping industry with clear and comprehensive information on cyber security risks to ships enabling shipowners to take measures to protect against attacks and to deal with the eventuality of cyber incidents.”
Cyber threats are changing all the time – and BIMCO and the other industry associations will regularly update the cyber guidelines to ensure shipping companies have the latest information available.
Angus Frew added:
“The guidelines launched today should help companies take a risk-based approach to cyber security that is specific to their business and the ships they operate.”
Further information can be found on the BIMCO website.