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Port IT adds security scanning for maritime e-mail

Port IT in the Netherlands has developed a new IRIS cyber security package for the maritime market, with an initial version available for free to existing customers, ahead of the upcoming launch of a more sophisticated package offered as a paid system.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The company says that, while the service is not a replacement for antivirus, it allows the user to scan e-mail attachments against Port IT’s antivirus ‘farm’ which contains more than 55 security applications and products. The user can send in an e-mail with a suspect attachment and will have a reply back stating whether the email can be trusted or not within 10 minutes.

“With the help of the Remote IRIS the Master can be absolutely sure that he has done everything within his control to assure that the attachment is safe,” said Youri Hart, Port IT.

“With the current rapid growth of crypto viruses it would be good for shipping companies to add this in their procedure to the vessel to avoid the locking of their PCs.”

The Port-IT Remote IRIS service is offered free, with phase one of the total IRIS suite expected to be released within the next two to three months, as trials are currently ongoing.

The main IRIS system will be an application installed on top of existing maritime e-mail programs such as Globe Email, AmosConnect or SkyFile to scan incoming mail. No user interaction is required.{/mprestriction}

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