Making data available outside the ship brings many benefits. Service can then be carried out remotely. Upgrading system functionality and getting access to data for follow-up at the office also become easier. But cyberspace security is always a challenge. What can you do to protect your data from digital pirates?
The digital world is here to stay, and the marine sector is no exception. Automation is already present in many areas, simplifying daily work processes and improving security in emergencies. In fact, digitalization took off many years ago, for example, with the introduction of Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS).
One driving force towards automation and digitalization is a more competitive global market, forcing shipping operators to work more efficiently. Another is the lack of qualified staff, resulting in fewer people having to do more. Sharing data between sea and land opens up for new ways of working, where people on board can get remote assistance.
New rules underway
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) will formalize cybersecurity requirements in Chapter IX of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). Starting on January 1st, 2021, companies within the shipping industry will have to incorporate cybersecurity into their Safety Management Systems (SMS). The shipowners will be responsible for making sure that they fulfill the cybersecurity requirements, meaning that they will have to work closely with their equipment suppliers.
To learn more, visit IMO’s webpage about cybersecurity and read this article about the future of maritime cybersecurity.
Consilium has been developing remote services for years, for example, remote access to share data from ship to shore and remote diagnostics to fix things on board from a distance. We can provide you with data from our fire and gas detection systems, as well as emission monitoring systems, to practically any device you want.
Cybersecurity is a complex area and every customer situation is unique. Starting now means that you will be ready when the new rules become a reality. You get the chance to run your ships more efficiently. Particularly important if you work with customers demanding just-in-time deliveries, where quick access to data makes a huge difference.
Talk safety with us
Saying no to the new and unknown is human. But meeting the cybersecurity challenge and implementing remote services is an excellent opportunity to gain a competitive advantage. We are ready to talk about the secure transfer of valuable data when you are. Contact us for an in-depth discussion and stay tuned by subscribing to our newsletter.