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UK government launches ship cyber security code

The UK Department for Transport has launched a new ‘Cyber Security for Ships’ code of practice, aimed at assisting maritime companies in developing cyber security assessment plans, devising appropriate mitigation measures, and making sure they have the necessary structures and processes in place to guard against attack.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The Department commissioned the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to produce the code of practice, with input from the Maritime Coastguard Agency, Maritime Accident and Investigation Branch, the Ministry of Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, and the National Cyber Security Centre.

The UK’s guidance is being released to complement the work being done by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to raise awareness of cyber threats and vulnerabilities, and is intended to be used as an integral part of a risk management system to ensure that cyber security is delivered cost effectively as part of mainstream business.

“Cyber security is not just about preventing hackers gaining access to systems and information. It’s also about protecting digital assets and information, ensuring business continuity, and making sure the maritime industry is resilient to outside threats,” said UK Transport Minister Lord Callanan, speaking at the launch of the cyber guidance.

“That means not only keeping ship systems safe from physical attack, but also ensuring that supporting systems are robust, so that in the event of an incident, appropriate practices and technologies are in place to limit any damage.”

“There is also the need for personnel security — guarding against the possible threat from insiders, either shore or shipboard-based. Ship owners and operators need to understand cyber security and promote awareness of the subject to their staff and business partners.”

The guidance document, in PDF format, can be downloaded from {/mprestriction}

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