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ABS Consulting delivers cyber risk services

ABS Consulting, a subsidiary of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), has launched a range of cybersecurity services to help waterway facilities throughout the United States implement a cyber risk management program to comply with existing Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) regulations.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"} The new suite of services and training solutions for MTSA-regulated facilities address the cyber risk management guidelines noted in the U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG) recently issued Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 01-20.

ABS Consulting will work with maritime facilities to conduct remote or in-person assessments and develop a roadmap for integrating cybersecurity into existing policies and procedures. These services include a Facility Security Officer training course, which outlines the USCG’s guidance and follows the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cyber Security Framework as a best practice for establishing a cybersecurity program within an MTSA-regulated facility.

"More emphasis is being placed on the protection of critical information infrastructure within facilities and building comprehensive risk controls for cyber resilience to defend maritime assets," said Ian Bramson, global head of cybersecurity at ABS Group. "Since we began scrutinising emerging cybersecurity guidelines, our experienced assessors were among the first to begin implementing cybersecurity using the NIST framework. Today, we provide a comprehensive range of cyber capabilities to defend the nation’s ports and terminals."{/mprestriction}

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