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ABS awarded maritime cybersecurity research contract

ABS has been awarded a research contract by the Maritime Security Center (MSC) – a US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence, led by the Stevens Institute of Technology – for a two-year research programme focused on defining the future of cybersecurity for the maritime industry.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Study participants, which include DHS and the US Department of Defense, will focus on key areas that will help define future research and guidance, ABS says.

“Cybersecurity incursions and threats to the Marine Transportation System (MTS) and port facilities throughout the (United States) are increasing,” said Dr Hady Salloum, director of MSC.

“This research project will support the missions of the DHS Center of Excellence and the US Coast Guard to address these concerns and vulnerabilities and will identify policies and risk management strategies to bolster the cybersecurity posture of the MTS enterprise.”

The MSC-sponsored research project’s objectives include creating a better definition of risk-based performance standards, developing a maritime-specific framework for cyber policy, identifying critical points of cybersecurity failure, developing design requirements for a maritime cyber test-bed and investigating quantitative analysis tools to determine the effectiveness of cyber detection and deterrent strategies.

“Cybersecurity is one of the most pressing and evolving technical and operational challenges impacting the maritime industry today,” said ABS chief technology officer, Howard Fireman.

“Our goal with this research programme is to leverage the skills and expertise of leading thinkers to build a framework the industry can follow to contend with cyber challenges.”{/mprestriction}

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