New edition of cyber security guidelines for ships now available/ BUNKERSPOT

2021-01-06 12:39:01 Trade Body / Associations News

The fourth edition of the industry-supported Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships is now available :BUNKERSPOT

According to the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) and BIMCO – two of the many industry organisations which contributed to the guidelines – the new publication builds on the third edition (which was issued in November 2018) with general updates to best practices in the field of cyber risk management and, as a key feature, includes a section with improved guidance on the concept of risk and risk management.

The improved risk model explains the likelihood of a cyber incident as the product of vulnerability and threat.

According to BIMCO: ‘The improved risk model takes into consideration the threat as the product of capability, opportunity, and intent, and explains the likelihood of a cyber incident as the product of vulnerability and threat. Thus, the improved risk model offers explanation as to why still relatively few safety-related incidents have unfolded in the maritime industry, but also why this should not be misinterpreted and make shipping companies lower their guard.’

Dirk Fry, chair of BIMCO’s cyber security working group and Director of Columbia Ship Management Ltd, commented: ‘In recent years, the industry has been subjected to several significant incidents which have had a severe financial impact on the affected companies.

‘While these incidents have had little or no safety impact, they have taught us some very important lessons which have been incorporated into the new version of the guidelines.’

In the fourth edition included some more organizations like INTERCARGO, ICS…

In addition to BIMCO and OCIMF, the organisations contributing to the fourth edition include: the Chamber of Shipping of America, Digital Containership Association, International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO), Interferry, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), INTERMANAGER, the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO), the International Marine Contractors’ Association (IMCA), the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI), the Superyacht Builders Association (Sybass) and the World Shipping Council (WSC).

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