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ClassNK joins Maritime Transportation System to address cybersecurity risks

Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) has joined the Maritime Transportation System Information Sharing and Analysis Centre (MTS-ISAC) to strengthen vessel and shoreside cyber risk management.

The partnership provides ClassNK with actionable insights from community-sourced cyber threat intelligence to reinforce ClassNK’s Cybersecurity Guidelines to help prevent cyber incidents from negatively impacting the safety and security of maritime operations. ClassNK is the first classification society and the first non-U.S. organisation to formally join the MTS-ISAC, helping broaden the reach of the MTS-ISAC’s efforts to support the maritime community.

Both vessel and shoreside cybersecurity efforts will be under increasing scrutiny starting in 2021. The IMO has a deadline of January 1, 2021 for Maritime Cyber Risk Management to be addressed in Safety Management Systems. Meanwhile, the U.S. Coast Guard will be inspecting Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 regulated facilities for cyber risk management efforts for the first time starting with annual inspections occurring on or after October 1, 2021. Both of these organisational efforts have signalled to maritime stakeholders that cybersecurity is a priority that must be addressed to ensure safe and secure MTS operations.

Hirofumi Takano, executive vice president at ClassNK, said: “We have been working with the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), maritime stakeholders and cybersecurity professionals to understand and promote cybersecurity best practices across the maritime transportation system (MTS). By joining the MTS-ISAC, we will have increased visibility to current, real-world examples of cyber threats targeting MTS stakeholders. This provides us an opportunity to reinforce how, and periodically update, ClassNK’s Cybersecurity standards to provide our stakeholders with the latest security recommendations to protect their assets from cyber threats.”

“We are excited that ClassNK is bringing a proactive, classification society perspective into the MTS-ISAC community,” said Scott Dickerson, the MTS-ISAC’s executive director. “The MTS community’s resiliency is improved when we can quickly address cyber risks with meaningful cybersecurity controls. ClassNK joining the MTS-ISAC is a perfect example of how community partnerships provide win-win situations while reinforcing to stakeholders how the implementation of guidelines and recommended security controls can reduce their exposure to risks the community is actively seeing.”

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