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New Service Powers Cyber Resilience at Sea


Mobile satellite communications provider Inmarsat has rolled out a fully-managed service for the maritime industry that detects vulnerabilities, responds to threats and protects ships from widespread cyber attack. The new service, called Fleet Secure, was showcased at London International Shipping Week, and will be commercially launched as a standard option on Inmarsat's Fleet Xpress service.

Inmarsat describes Fleet Secure as a Unified Threat Management (UTM) and monitoring service that will power cyber resilience at sea, offering vessel owners and managers continuous transparency on the status of their digital security and a 24/7 response to cybercrime. It detects external attacks via high-speed satellite broadband connectivity, while also protecting vessel networks from intrusion via infected USB sticks and crew devices connected to the onboard LAN. Fleet Secure will seamlessly integrate with Fleet Xpress for no additional outlay on hardware and no impact on the customer's contracted bandwidth.
"Cybercrime is an inevitable downside of the digital economy, on land or at sea," said Peter Broadhurst, Senior Vice President Safety and Security, Inmarsat Maritime. "Other maritime cybersecurity offerings we have seen address only part of the threat or some of the management issues. Inmarsat's new Fleet Secure service provides an all-inclusive, real-time managed monitoring service, giving ship operators and managers the cybersecurity tools they need to protect their fleets continuously from malicious attack or malware, detect vulnerabilities and respond to threats."
The UTM is powered by Singtel subsidiary Trustwave, a provider of information security solutions, and is available in a choice of three service levels, including a fully-managed 'Gold' standard, with real-time threat monitoring and analysis, including immediate notifications to the customer with high severity level security threats followed up by telephone to escalate threat management.
'Silver' level includes daily review and threat analysis, and 'Bronze' level enables users to self-check the vessel's network status via an online portal. The UTM combats viruses and blocks access to unsafe websites, isolating an infected area of the network to prevent it from spreading to other systems onboard.
"The threats from cyberattack demand robust technical solutions, network integrity, operational and training support, and raised awareness across the maritime sector," Broadhurst said.
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